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.
A review of studies, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, suggests that there are not enough doctors trained to treat chronic pain, despite the fact that pain is the most common reason patients see physicians. Read the story
...for every medical specialist in pain, there are 28,500 people who experience chronic pain -- Among Study Findings
A team of sociologists is reporting in the American Journal of Public Health that excess body weight may be to blame for almost 20 percent of premature deaths that took place between 1986 and 2006, and this trend may be countering another trend toward lengthening lifespans for younger Americans. Read the story
Some 88 percent of Massachusetts hospitals that accept Medicare payments were hit with penalties for CMS-deemed unnecessary readmissions in 2012, but some argue that the system is flawed and penalizes hospitals for some things that are out of their control. Read the story
In recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued several final regulations that included Medicare payment updates for fiscal year 2014, which begins on October 1, 2013. Three of the final rules addressed updates to the long-term acute care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility and skilled nursing facility prospective payment systems (PPS).
Long-Term Acute Care Hospital FY 2014 Update
In the final LTAC hospital payment update, CMS announced that for fiscal year 2014 Medicare payments will increase by 1.3 percent, which includes a 2.5 percent market basket update offset by outlier payments, the second installment of the budget neutrality adjustment, and productivity adjustments.
The rule also included several regulatory changes including the full implementation of the 25% Rule beginning on October 1, 2013 and new measures that will be added to the LTAC hospital Quality Reporting program in FY 2017 and FY 2018.
A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows a link between higher blood sugar levels and risk for developing dementia, even in the absence of diabetes, which is known to put people at higher risk for dementia. Read the story
The results of this study indicate that controlling blood sugar levels may be a means for lowering Alzheimer’s risk.
A new study, published in the journal Neurology, has found that two cups of hot cocoa per day may be just what the doctor ordered for aging brains. The chocolate appeared to increase blood flow in the brains of the study participants who had impaired blood flow to start, a risk factor for Alzheimer's. Read the story
USA Today, the National Council on Aging and United Healthcare have pulled together some data that provide insight into Americans' feelings about how prepared the country is for a booming population of seniors. See the data
In observance of Cataract Awareness Month, we wanted to create a blog post about, well, cataracts – what they are, who gets them, and how they are treated. It turns out there is a ton of information on the Web about cataracts, which is a good thing, and much of it comes from highly reputable sources, such as the doctors who treat cataracts. And quite a few other people have blogged about cataracts, so we decided we would share some of the interesting things we found.
First things first. What are cataracts? A cataract forms when the lens, which sits in the eye behind the iris (the colored part), gets cloudy, causing blurred vision. This happens as we age. Cataracts are also the most common cause of reversible blindness in the world.
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