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  • It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Mobile Devices

    February 04, 2016
    By Kindred Healthcare tags: Security, mobile security, privacy


    The use of mobile devices has helped Kindred to become more efficient, productive and effective in how we do business - from the board room to the exam room. The convenience of having data on hand whenever and wherever we need it has to be balanced with the risks of device or data loss, theft or exposure. Remember to follow these simple security safeguards whenever you use mobile devices:

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of January 25, 2016

    January 29, 2016

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    Federal Agency Offers $15 Million to Support Aging In Place

    In yet another move signaling the federal government's intention to increase home health services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $15 million available to test a new model to help seniors age in place. Read More    

    States Find It Hard and Expensive to Coordinate Care for Duals

    States say it's harder and more expensive than initially predicted to coordinate care for the roughly 9 million people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Read More  

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of January 18, 2016

    January 22, 2016
    By Kindred Healthcare tags: Dual-Eligibility, AHA, CMS, Long Term Care, MedPAC

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    Are Dual-Eligible Demos Succeeding? GAO Says it Will Be Hard to Tell

    The CMS needs to do a better job overseeing the 12 state-administered demonstration programs intended to improve care of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Read More   

    AHA Issue Brief Looks at Bundled Payment Initiatives

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Bundled Payment for Care Improvement and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiatives will be important tests of how well Medicare bundled payment efforts can encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to coordinate care to lower spending and improve quality and the patient experience, according to an issue brief released today by the AHA. Read More  

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    In Case of Emergency... How a Cell Phone Can Save Your Life

    January 21, 2016

    Every day, patients are brought into emergency rooms or other medical scenarios. Often, depending on their symptoms and situations, they are unable to let the clinicians know certain medical information that may be critical to their care and recovery. As medical providers, Kindred Healthcare and our clinicians are familiar with patients' medical information as it pertains to charts, patient interactions and patient advocates. While our facilities generally don't operate typical emergency room settings, we understand the benefits of having your medical information on hand in case of emergency.

    Over the years, many of us have been advised to save our next-of-kin or emergency contacts in our contacts list under the moniker "ICE," short for "In Case of Emergency." The problem with this practice in today's world is that many of us lock our phones, so no emergency medical providers or first responders would ever be able to access a full list of contacts.

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    Gayle and the Knights of Gentiva

    January 20, 2016

    On October 9th, I was handed an envelope. In it was a story - a patient's story.

    "Life is a celebration of that which we can do, not a requiem for which we cannot do," the story began. "Goals are the results toward which our efforts are directed."

    The letter, handwritten by former patient Gayle, continued…

    Gayle tells the full story of her recovery, beginning with the moment her left arm started to lose feeling. She went through a multitude of tests, x-rays and MRIs which culminated in a cervical surgery the day before her daughter's birthday. The surgery, although successful, was painful for Gayle, and she went home after spending three days in the intensive care unit. 

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of January 11, 2016

    January 15, 2016
    By Kindred Healthcare tags: fall prevention, kynect, Medicare, CMS, CES

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    Healthcare Expected to Drive Big M&A Activity Again in 2016

    Healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are expected to produce the most merger and acquisitions activity this year behind only the technology sector, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting giant KPMG. Read More   

    Twenty Years in, the Hospitalist Landscape is Shifting-and Prompting New Debates

    The drive for efficiency in health care has led to a boom in hospitalists-and growing pains for the profession as hospitals seek to increase efficiency and demonstrate high quality outcomes, reports the New York Times. Read More  

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of January 04, 2016

    January 08, 2016

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    Location, Location, Location May Impact Hospital Readmission Rates

    The socio-economic status of patients in a given community may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates. Read More   

    At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms

    In hospitals, alarms on patient-monitoring devices create a cacophony of noise day and night-beeping, pinging and ringing so often that doctors and nurses ignore them, turn them off or just stop hearing them. Read More

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    Top Healthcare Headlines of 2015

    December 28, 2015
    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

    Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month. The programs have made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care.  Read more  

    Doctors' Virtual Consults with Patients to Double by 2020

    Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their patients will double in five years in the U.S. fueling the nation's tele-health boom, according to a new analysis.  Read More  

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    There's a Code for That! - ICD 10 Christmas Edition

    December 23, 2015
    By Maggie Cunningham

    icd10linkIt's the time of snow and ice, trees and tinsel, naughty and nice. Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and with it, a unique set of accidents and hospital visits. The most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

    The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, 16,000 with optional sub-classifications, of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease. But we have narrowed this down to the top ten potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the holiday and winter months.

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of December 14, 2015

    December 18, 2015

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    Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes 

    Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability and other weight-related ailments. Read More   

    Hoping To Curb the Prescription Opioid Epidemic, CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Doctors 

    The government on Monday urged primary-care physicians who prescribe opioids for pain relief to rein in their use of the drugs, proposing new guidelines that call for a more conservative approach than the one that has led to a crippling epidemic of addiction to the powerful narcotics. Read More

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