• Staying Well With High Blood Pressure

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Staying Well With High Blood PressureEvery time you visit the doctor, chances are someone will check your blood pressure. This simple test screens for low or high blood pressure and provides your doctor with important information about your general health.

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  • The typical stay at a traditional hospital is five days. At Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals, the length of stay may be measured in weeks, not days. Why? Because we know that not all patients can recover in five days or less. Some have underlying conditions that make illnesses or other conditions harder to treat. Others are still too ill to return home.

    At Kindred Hospitals, we offer a range of services to help patients who need additional time to recover, and the length of the stay depends on the needs of the patient. This includes the specialized services of our Subacute Units, where we work with patients who have an acute illness or injury or worsening of a disease but no longer need the aggressive level of care provided in a hospital. We offer short-term comprehensive inpatient medical care and rehabilitation that is designed to get the patient home or to a facility such as a skilled nursing center.

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  • Insight Into Aortic Valve Disease: A Personal Journey

    By Kindred Healthcare

    You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Sally Meilun who has worked at Kindred Healthcare for nearly 23 years, has heart disease.

    When you talk to Sally, it’s clear that a healthy lifestyle is important to her. She’s always been active, and she still is, but when she was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with aortic valve disease, a condition in which the valve between the left ventricle and the aorta doesn’t work properly.

    “When you have heart disease, it’s not always obvious,” says Sally, who works as the Director of Travel and Relocation at Kindred’s Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, more than 1 million adults in the United States are living with congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 8 out of every 1,000 newborns. More than 35,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital heart defects. Most people who have complex heart defects continue to need special heart care throughout their lives.

    During American Heart Month, it’s a good time to learn a little bit more about congenital heart defects. Here are some frequently-asked-questions.

    What is congenital heart disease and how is it different from other kinds of heart disease?

    Congenital heart disease is a condition with which you are born. Other kinds of heart disease may develop over time, whether through infection, coronary artery disease, trauma or other reasons.

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  • Extra Care for Your Heart: Cardiac Specialty Program at Kindred

    By Kindred Healthcare

    February 9 -15, 2014 is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.

    It may be time to leave the hospital, but you may not be ready to return directly home after recovering from a heart attack. If you need extra care, your physician may send you to a Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for our Cardiac Specialty Program. Our services help you transition from hospital to home as quickly and safely as possible, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to go back to the hospital.

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     Claire Spence, transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market Claire Spence, transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market


    Looking for a good read? Forget about asking for recommendations on Facebook; if you’re a woman, pick up The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, says Kindred nurse practitioner Claire Spence. Spence, a transitional care nurse in Kindred’s Indianapolis Integrated Care Market, has a special interest in matters of the heart and especially in helping women keep their hearts healthy.

    “Every woman should read this book,” Spence says. It educates about risk factors and signs and symptoms of a problem, and includes vignettes about real women in a highly readable format, she says, and it includes life style modification recommendations including tips for losing weight, exercising, smoking cessation and getting healthier.

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  • Medicare Proposes Expansion of Rehab Coverage for CHF Patients

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Medicare recently proposed expanding coverage of cardiac rehabilitation services for cardiac patients, reports MedPage Today. Prior to the proposal, announced online last week, CMS claimed there was insufficient evidence to support cardiac rehab to patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Medicare currently only covers such services for patients who have experienced major events like coronary bypass surgery, heart or heart-lung transplant, or an acute myocardial infarction.

    CMS is now asking for public comments on increasing coverage to a wider range of heart patients. After reviewing existing literature on cardiac rehab service, the agency stated, “With the accumulated evidence that supports the benefits of the individual components of cardiac rehabilitation programs, the evidence is sufficient to determine that participation in these multi-component programs improves health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic heart failure.”

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  •  The 2012 Kindred Support Center Heart Walk team.

    The 2012 Kindred Support Center Heart Walk team.

    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.

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  • Dr. Polly Moore Fights Heart Failure Through Education

    By Sophia Kroon
     Dr. Moore has a true passion for helping heart failure patients regain control of their lives. Dr. Moore has a true passion for helping heart failure patients regain control of their lives.

    For Polly Moore, MD, FACC, helping patients live and die well with heart failure is not just a job, it’s a passion. One that started 25 years ago when she began her career as a nurse and found satisfaction working with heart patients in the emergency room.

    Dr. Moore, now a cardiologist with Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, is director of the practice’s Heart Failure Care Clinic and works with Kindred as a consultant, rounding on cardiac patients at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis South, and providing clinician education there on the heart disease process.

    “I was drawn in particular to the heart failure patients, primarily because of the way heart failure impacts their whole lives,” she said. “I try to teach the patients and their families how to get the heart failure under control so they can live well with it.”

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  • Case Managers Will Be More Important Than Ever in the Changing Healthcare and Political Environment

    By Wendy De Vreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, CCDS, MBA

    Entitlement reform is a hot topic in this election season and no matter your political position or ideas about it, for post-acute providers this brings to light the issue of payment models and the question of how long the current volume-based payment system (the current revenue model) will continue.

    Entitlement reform may fail, in which case the existing fee-for-service systems will continue. It may be enacted, with implementation expected over the next decade, but with reforms for post-acute care beginning as early as five years post-enactment. Either way, payment pressures will continue; pay-for-performance and value-based purchasing models will likely be implemented; private payers will continue to move toward integrated care and integrated payment models; and single site providers will be at the greatest risk while non-institutional providers such as home care will be favored.

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