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Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members Christy Rakoczy

June 10th, 2013 | 5

PatientsCareGiversWhile providing top notch care 100% of the time while a patient is hospitalized is a large part of ensuring patients recover to a state of healthiness, it is also important to examine the post-hospital experience for patients and how to improve processes so that patients are able to recover swiftly without development of further issues or secondary complications.

One way to ensure that a patient is successful in implementing a care plan upon discharge is by understanding and involving the patient. While this seems elementary, it is actually an issue that needs great focus and improvement.

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#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter Ninette Tan

June 7th, 2013 | 1

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This is our first installment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These select individuals, companies and organizations have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of digital health, hospital and after care, care transition and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts.

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Social Work and Technology – 10 Fearless Forecasts Christy Rakoczy

June 6th, 2013 | 0

ForecastLike many fields, Social Work can be highly dynamic. Changes in practices and research occur often. As technology continues to improve, this plays a large part in changing social work as well. Based on current movements, here are some forecasts for the future of Social Work:

1) Increased Use of Technology in Social Work Professional Development

Professional development is a key factor in ensuring social workers remain relevant to the field. In order to ensure social workers are up to date on the most recent research and best practices, it is crucial that these professionals enroll in classes.

However, given the time demands of the job itself, plus the schedules of those who may have families or are caregivers, it can be difficult to find the time to attend classes in person. For this reason, leaders within the profession will need to find ways to improve the availability of professional development resources using technology.

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Dialysis and Insomnia (Guest Post) Devon Texas

June 5th, 2013 | 3

insomniaWe are happy to have DevonTexas join the OpenPlacement Community and be our guest blogger this week. DevonTexas is a dialysis patient. He has been on dialysis since 2008. DevonTexas advocates for his fellow dialysis patients through the ESRD (End stage Renal Disease) Network of Texas and DPC (Dialysis Patient Citizens). Read more about DevonTexas here.

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UPDATE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions Christy Rakoczy

June 3rd, 2013 | 0

CMSOn May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Memorandum in regards to the revision of the State Operations Manual. The revision applies to the State Operations Hospital Appendix A, Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, Condition of Participation: Discharge Planning, in order to “update the guidance for the discharge planning Condition of Participation.”

The revisions to Appendix A include interpretive guidelines that are italicized and written in red to denote the portion of the appendix that has been updated.

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Support Groups Are Your Best Defense Against Burnout Christy Rakoczy

May 30th, 2013 | 0

SupportGroupPrimary caregivers can experience high amounts of stress as well as emotional and physical burnout.  When this occurs, the caregiver’s health is at risk and her ability to provide care diminished.

There are many means of finding support to help to deal with the stress and other tolls that caregiving can cause. Some places to seek support include:

Healthcare Provider

Speaking to a healthcare provider can yield a lot of benefits for a caregiver experiencing burnout. Healthcare providers can suggest means to deal with stress and emotional issues. Additionally, a provider can refer a caregiver to support organizations, specialists, or provide medicine if need be.

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Ellen Belluomini, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

May 29th, 2013 | 1

ellen outside 008Over the past few weeks I have gotten to know a great contributor to the world of social work and health technology by the name of Ellen Belluomini. She along with many others has inspired me to create a new monthly OpenPlacement blog special edition called “Featured Healthcare Trailblazers.”

Ellen has created an insightful blog for social workers and health professionals who are beginning to advocate for technological advances called Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice. As health professionals we are all working towards the same goal to innovate and improve the quality of care. Read on to find out where Ellen’s passion stems from.

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What Can We Learn From Overseas Health Care? Christy Rakoczy

May 27th, 2013 | 0

USHealthcareWhen assessing healthcare in the United States it is useful to compare and contrast the various aspects of healthcare on a global level. In doing so, researchers and policy makers can work together to learn how to improve the care provided in the U.S.

The Commonwealth Fund, a health policy foundation based in Washington D.C. surveyed eleven countries to better understand global healthcare challenges. The survey revealed the ways in which the United States excels in healthcare and those areas which need improvement. Over 2,500 people just in the United States were part of the study.

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Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors Christy Rakoczy

May 23rd, 2013 | 5

DrCommunicationIn a time when hospital readmissions rates are being closely analyzed and hospitals are attempting reforms to improve those rates, it is crucial to take a look at patient populations most frequently readmitted to hospitals and the reasons for readmission. Among those populations of people most frequently readmitted to hospitals, seniors are in great number. Poor discharge policies can be to blame.

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The Art of the Follow Up Call Christy Rakoczy

May 20th, 2013 | 2

SeniorOnPhoneFollowing up with patients after giving care is a crucial means of developing a strong patient relationship. It is also the key to improving overall patient care and reducing patient readmissions in the hospital setting.

Follow up calls can address a variety of issues. One common type of follow up call is to report lab results. Another type of common follow up call is to schedule appointments. However, calls can also be made to ensure patients have made appointments with referrals or are taking medication appropriately. Other calls may have the purpose of education or reinforcing knowledge. There are myriad factors that could warrant a follow up call to a patient. 

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