In acknowledgement of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Week, The Kindred Continuum speaks with Patricia Kerr, coder for Kindred Hospitals Louisville, Louisville at Jewish Hospital, Nashville and Dayton.
Patti, age 50, lives and works remotely in Crestwood, Kentucky.
KC: What is your daily schedule like?
PK: I usually log on by 8 a.m. First, I compile my daily reports for admissions and discharges, and update my ongoing lists. I also note any new procedures on the daily list provided by transcription. After assessing what admissions and discharges must be done that day in order to keep within department turnaround times, I prioritize my work for the day. I verify and update vent hours for patients that I’ve noted on admission, code admissions, discharges and procedures for each of my four facilities. I also check for new trackers and scans throughout the day.
To the outside world, it’s the coding system that allows for the classification of diagnoses and procedures, used by the medical community nationally and internationally. To the 75 people who traveled to Kindred’s Support Center for a two-day Annual Coding Services Education Meeting, it’s simply known as the annual coding update to ICD (International Classification of Diseases), and more specifically ICD-10, the tenth revision of the guidelines, which was this year’s hot-button subject. And, importantly, it’s their critical piece of the Kindred mission of providing hope, healing and recovery.
In an interesting new finding, researchers have discovered that Alzheimer's rates are higher in countries with cleaner water and less exposure to dangerous microbes. Read the story
A report shows that 90 percent of large employers surveyed say they have no plans to move their employees to Obamacare's public exchanges, or to similarly structured private exchanges, when they become available. Read the story
A study has found that men over 65 who have experienced a stressful life event such as the death of a wife, partner, loved one or pet; financial difficulties; or a move, are more likely to suffer a fall in the year following the event. Read the story
Acknowledging that many health insurance plans have, in the past, refused to cover primary care services provided by nurse practitioners, these mid-level providers are seeking to make their voices heard before new health insurance exchanges go live in October. Read the story
"encompasses the connection that occurs in communities between the staff, residents, and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes. Celebrating the passionate commitment of staff and friendships that form between residents, 'Homemade Happiness' will be a time to recognize the efforts, small and large, of every individual in a community that turn a residence into home for countless assisted living residents."
My journey begins. . .
It’s hard to believe it’s been over three months since I joined Kindred. It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in Philadelphia researching Kindred and trying to learn more about Louisville. In this short time, I’ve been amazed by the talented and committed people I’ve met throughout our organization and by the warm reception I have received.
Early research has identified a protein that may be a trigger for age-related memory loss, a condition distinct from Alzheimer's disease. When researchers inhibited the protein's expression, the animals in the study showed more signs of memory loss, and when the researchers stopped inhibiting the protein's expression, brains returned to a more normal state. Read the story
A survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health has shown that large employers expect their healthcare costs to rise by about seven percent in 2014. Many of the employers cited wellness programs as a way to manage rising costs. Read the story
A young geriatrician writes about the issues facing doctors and family caregivers taking care of Alzheimer's patients. Read the blog
Kindred Healthcare is excited to support the American Heart Association’s largest fundraiser, the Heart Walk, on a national level across all Kindred facilities. Our goal is to raise a combined total of $160,000. In addition to helping fight the #1 and #4 killers of American men and women, heart disease and stroke, this great family-friendly event offers great team-building opportunities in local facilities as well as access to the American Heart Association’s exceptional wellness tools.
The American Heart Association’s mission is one that Kindred believes in. They strive to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable. Research, advocacy efforts and educational resources are funded by the money raised by Heart Walk participants.
In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight and recognize Kindred’s greatest asset – our dedicated employees.
Without the 78,000 compassionate colleagues taking care of more than 70,000 patients and residents each day, we would not be the company we are today.
The Kindred workforce is a team of diverse individuals who share the common goal of providing the highest quality care for patients and residents throughout the post-acute care continuum. This diversity is clear in the fact that in 2012, our workforce was more than 80% women and approximately 40% minorities. We firmly believe in recruiting a strong workforce that resembles the variation and diversity of those we care for.
In order to assure a strong future, Kindred has a long-standing commitment to investing in a broad-range of training opportunities – with $34.2 Million spent on employee training in 2012 and an additional $3 Million in tuition reimbursement.
A new report from the AARP reveals that by the year 2030, America will be facing a shortage of caregivers for older people, due to the aging of the baby boomers, the fact that they themselves had fewer children than previous generations, increased longevity and other factors. Read the story
It’s a wake-up call for aging boomers...We’re really moving toward an uncertain future as . . . relying on our family and friends to provide long-term care isn’t going to be realistic anymore -- Lynn Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adviser at the AARP Public Policy Institute and an author of the report.
Accountable Care Organizations could play a huge role in healthcare reform, and though many have heard the acronym, they don't know exactly what an ACO is, how they are paid or why they could benefit the healthcare environment. Read the story
Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division’s Case Management mentoring program in the West Region follows these credos. The program began in 2010 for new MSN-level registered nurse case manager graduates from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and Sacramento, CA, and has recently been extended to bedside nurses who wish to transition into the case management field. To foster the growth, development and mentoring of existing Kindred employees, academic partnerships with nursing training programs have also been developed between Kindred, the University of Phoenix and its nationwide campuses and online programs, and American Sentinel University online programs in Aurora, CO. These partnerships offer tuition reductions and other benefits to Kindred employees.
Both of these opportunities for mentoring facilitate a pipeline of eager students and recent grads, ready for the nurturing, growth, and development that strong mentoring supports.
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