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Top 5 Nursing Innovations of 2013 Ninette Tan

May 17th, 2013 | 0

The theme45-127-t of 2013 National Nurses Week was “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care”. Quality of care has been at the forefront of innovation as nurses continue to explore new communication channels to educate, train, and improve the overall delivery of care. Although this list contains projects in early development stages, the nurses heading them continue to inspire new nurses by pushing the envelope in healthcare innovation.

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Mention at Your Next Interview: Ten Trends That Transformed Social Work Christy Rakoczy

May 16th, 2013 | 1

Top10As in many professions, particularly those related to public service, research constantly changes the face of the profession and its approaches. In social work, this is certainly true. In more recent years, many trends have transformed the way that social workers manage their cases and approach the individuals with whom they work.

Trauma and its effects on individuals

In recent years, treatment of those who are victims of trauma has come to the forefront. Not only has there been a focus on those directly affected by specific trauma, such as terrorist incidents, but also on those indirectly affected as a result of today’s high level of media accessibility.

In addition, the growing number of veterans returning to the United States with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has also placed an emphasis on learning how to help individuals cope with such conditions.

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Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker Christy Rakoczy

May 13th, 2013 | 9

HelpingHand Social work is a fulfilling, yet demanding, profession. In order to be successful as a social worker, there are traits that are necessary to possess and build.

Characteristic 1: Highly knowledgeable and well-trained
In order to be a successful social worker, one must possess the knowledge and the skills to effectively do the job. In order to acquire content knowledge, a degree from an institution of higher education is necessary. Most social work positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree, but a Masters degree, Ph.D, or other certification work is highly helpful to prepare for this career.

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Reducing Readmissions: A 360 Perspective Christy Rakoczy

May 2nd, 2013 | 10

360The high number of readmissions within 30 days is an issue that all hospitals are currently seeking to analyze and improve. In order to do so, it is crucial to assess and improve current practices and develop innovative new policies and procedures that will help patients to recover quickly without need for readmission within a short period of time.

The Importance of Reducing Readmissions

Currently, about one in five Medicare patients are being readmitted to hospitals within 30 days due to secondary conditions that have arisen since discharge after treatment of an initial condition such as heart failure or pneumonia. To reduce this number, hospitals have begun to modify and improve patient care while the patient is hospitalized as well as after the patient has been discharged.

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Post-Hospital Syndrome: The Silent Enemy Christy Rakoczy

May 2nd, 2013 | 2

PostHospitalSyndromeWith the advent of new penalties for hospitals in an effort to reduce readmissions, it is critical to explore post-hospital syndrome, its causes and prevention.

Post-Hospital syndrome is the condition of a patient after being treated in a hospital. About 20 percent of Medicare patients who receive treatment for an initial condition such as heart failure, COPD or pneumonia are readmitted within 30 days for other acquired conditions. The secondary conditions may include mental illness, heart failure, pneumonia, or gastrointestinal disturbance, to name a few. 

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Video Marketing is Crucial for Nursing Homes Christy Rakoczy

April 29th, 2013 | 3

VideoMarketingAccording to Ragan’s Healthcare Communication News, a 2012 study conducted by the Roberts Group indicated that newspaper ads, household mailings and radio commercials were the top three types of marketing material that influence the decision about whether to consider visiting a particular assisted living or skilled nursing facility. However, while these types of advertising are somewhat effective, the biggest things that influence the choice of care facility are the cleanliness of the facility and the attentiveness of the staff, none of which can be effectively conveyed in a stationary ad.

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Which Care Transition Model is Best? Christy Rakoczy

April 22nd, 2013 | 2

Which Care Transition Model is Best?Care transition models play a huge role in lowering readmissions. Patients, families, and medical providers depend on these models to answer the “What, When, and Who” during a deterioration in a condition after being discharged. Hospitals have developed these models to point out to patients and their caregivers what red flags to look out for in their medical condition, when to make that call, and who to contact to attain appropriate care. Due to a fragmented healthcare system, the models have provided solutions in unifying medical providers into one system so patients receive timely and non-repetitive aftercare. I have looked into five current care transition models and outlined their differences to help you determine which is best. 

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The Effect of CMS 30 Day Readmission Policies on California Patients and Hospitals Christy Rakoczy

April 14th, 2013 | 0

CaliforniaHealthcareIn 2010 the Affordable Health Care Act was enacted and the process of moving toward full implementation of the Act began. In 2012, the CMS 30 Day Readmission Policy began to be enforced, penalizing thousands of hospitals for readmission of certain patients within a 30 day period. According to CMS.gov, penalty applies to readmissions of patients who had previously been admitted with Acute Myocardial Infection, Heart Failure, or Pneumonia. This penalty, a reduction in reimbursement by Medicare, up to 1%, cost hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars but some assert that the goal of the policy, to improve follow up healthcare by hospitals to prevent necessary returns by patients, is being achieved as the percentage of readmissions nationwide dropped to 17.8% from the stagnant 19% it had been for several years. 

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Are Social Workers & Case Managers The Next Doctors Justin Usher

April 12th, 2013 | 3

GE Ventures PanelistsOn April 11, 2013 GE Ventures held the Insight Series: Digital Health. The discussion was led by NBC News’ Nancy Snyderman M.D., author Eric Topol M.D., Unity Stoakes of Startup Health and Rafael Torres of GE Ventures. The topics ranged from prescribing apps versus drugs, HIPAA’s impact on innovation in healthcare, patient privacy, and predictions for the future of healthcare.

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Featured Events Brought to You by the AARP and Others Ninette Tan

April 5th, 2013 | 0

CalendarAuthors of Waiting to Exhale, Sex and the City, and Joy Luck Club  at AARP Expo.  AARP is thrilled to have Terry McMillan, Candace Bushnell and Amy Tan on stage together at Life@50+ in Las Vegas.

Check out these other exciting aging-related events for health care providers and people age 50+:

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