Medicare is set to impose $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one as avoidable readmissions continue to be penalized. Read the story
A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, has found that patients who take calcium-channel blockers to treat high blood pressure may be at increased risk for developing breast cancer. Other types of blood pressure medications did not appear to be linked. Read the story
The AARP has created two Web sites designed to provide seniors with information about the Affordable Care Act, how it works and what benefits it offers. Read the story
It's not about the politics...It's about my life and what this means to me -- AARP Vice President Nicole Duritz
Washington Post Wonkblogger Sarah Kliff draws a link between Republican votes against healthcare reform, and the media attention that follows. Read the blog
Kindred’s Transitional Care Hospitals play a vital role in the recovery process for the sickest and most medically complex patients who require aggressive medical care and rehabilitation over a longer period of time. For patients who have complex ventilator needs, multi-organ system failure or complicated medical problems that are very difficult to treat, transitional care hospitals may represent the first important step necessary to make recovery and return home possible.
These hospitals are licensed as general acute hospitals, often featuring such familiar elements as Intensive Care Units (ICUs), operating rooms and on-site laboratory and radiology services, but they also are distinguished by an additional Medicare certification that recognizes the need for extended recovery periods.
As Vice President of Physician and Medical Development for Kindred Healthcare’s Nursing Center Division, Dr. Sally Brooks is well versed in the challenges of caring for seniors. But when it came time to select a nursing center for her own parents, she found herself facing new challenges. She told her story recently in an article on caring.com, and here are some of the main points.
"Over the years I watched families being thrust suddenly into these decisions, so a couple of years before I moved my parents, I toured a few facilities and found one near my home," says Brooks. "However, my grand plan did not work perfectly, because when the time came to make the move, the facility I liked had no vacancies, so I still had to do research with the help of a social worker to find another place for them near me."
Healthcare reform will spur the creation of thousands of new jobs, as the government ramps up the ranks of call center employees, IT professionals and community workers who will help people understand how to navigate the new health insurance exchanges, expected in October. Read the story
European regulators announced that concerns that a big class of diabetes drugs may cause pancreatic inflammation and cancer may be largely unfounded. The concerns were based on several studies, but the regulators concluded that the research had many limitations. Read the story
Parts of Miami, Chicago and Houston will be affected by a temporary ban by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on new providers of home health and ambulance services from enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance program, based on several factors including high utilization.
Watch Kelly's inspirational story of hope, healing and recovery. Kelly, a 37 year old wife, teacher and mother of two gradually lost feeling in her legs and then woke up one day paralyzed from her neck down. Kelly's doctor sent her to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenbriar to see if rehabilitation therapy could help her condition improve. With Kelly's positive attitude and the dedicated staff at Greenbriar, she was able to walk again. This story, with video of Kelly during her therapy takes place from December of 2012 through March of 2013.
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Developing a shared vision, creating understanding between the players and avoiding overlapping duties are just some of the tips offered by two Charlotte-based ACO participants to make the transition smoother and more beneficial for all. Read the story
Commercial ACOs make strange bedfellows out of payers and providers. Accustomed to hardball contracting negotiations, payers and providers now find themselves joining forces to form and sustain ACOs.
Although there are hundreds of commercial ACOs forming cross the country, the transition from adversary to partner is not often an easy one.
The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News took three recent announcements related to healthcare reform in New York and Indiana, and broke them down for those seeking a better understanding. Read the story
As policymakers have opened a dialogue with providers and stakeholders to address the role that post-acute care plays within the greater context of healthcare for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries – and the need for a reformed system – it is important to recognize the benefits and value of skilled nursing facility care.
Kindred’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers provide intensive clinical and rehabilitative services in a cost-effective setting to make recovery possible and help patients return home sooner. Our 21st Century nursing centers use new technologies and advancements in care to provide greater clinical improvement, shorten lengths of stay, and prevent inappropriate hospital admissions.
and keeping patients on the road to recovery at the highest level of function possible. As such, Kindred works with chronic-acute patients before they’re discharged to anticipate concerns they might have after they leave and to educate them about medicine management, wound care, follow-up care, caregiver issues and other aspects of their disease process.
“If patients don’t understand what’s happening to them, they panic and bounce back to the hospital,” says Beth Hock, Chief Clinical Officer, Kindred Hospital Dayton and 2013 President’s Award Winner. “Kindred nurses constantly talk about what they’re doing as another way of training patients about their condition.”
Kindred Hospital Dayton also recently took patient education to a whole new level with a 48-year-old woman who suffered a spinal injury that left her a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.
The annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference was held this week in Boston. This week's Healthcare Headlines contains many highlights from the research presented there.
With an October deadline fast approaching, the government is struggling to overcome obstacles to ensuring the health insurance marketplaces are available on time. Read the story
A new study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and have been touted for lowering the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's, may raise the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 43 percent. Read the story
In a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this week, subjects who had certain types of cancer -- including liver, lung and leukemia -- appeared to be less likely to develop Alzheimer's, than those who didn't and subjects who had undergone chemotherapy seemed to garner even more protection. Read the story
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