• Healthcare Headlines: October 2018

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    Virtual Doctor Visits Are Getting More Popular, But Questions Remain About Who Pays

    Provisions within the federal budget law Congress passed this year expands the use of telemedicine, which could go mainstream within 5 to 10 years. Read more

    Study: More Practices Employing Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants 

    According to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, more practices are employing nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines - July 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    The Night Doctor is in: Why 'Nocturnalists' Are Replacing Some On-Call Physicians

    More hospitals are hiring experienced "nocturnalists" to improve patient safety and prevent calls to tired on-call physicians, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More  

    Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to another 38,500 Jobs in June

    Healthcare added 38,500 jobs in June and a total of 234,600 jobs in the first six months of 2016, according to initial seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More  

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  • Nutrition and Diabetes Management

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC
    Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC, Nutrition Services Consultant, Hospital DivisionIf you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, or have a loved one with the disease, it is important for you to know the role nutrition plays in managing the disease. A balanced, healthy meal plan with emphasis on lean protein, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended. Many individuals with diabetes worry about the amount of carbohydrate they should take daily. The 2014 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes state that there is not an ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrate. The amount should be based on individualized assessment of current eating patterns, personal preferences (e.g., tradition, culture, religion, health beliefs and economics), and blood glucose control goals. A dietitian can help you develop a meal plan to meet your needs. Monitoring carbohydrate intake, whether by carbohydrate counting or experience-based estimation, remains a key strategy in achieving glycemic control.


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  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

    By Tuyen Dudinskie, RD, LD

    Did you know that every fourth Tuesday of every March is The American Diabetes Association Alert Day? Diabetes is an epidemic and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million children and adults in the United States or 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Approximately 7 million people are unaware that they have diabetes and go undiagnosed. As a result, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, The American Diabetes Association is “Alerting” the public to this chronic disease and is asking everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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  • Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day: March 12, 2014

    By Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP

    Celebrate Registered Dietitian Dayrecognizes and thanks these food and nutrition experts that provide leadership in the nutrition care of our patients. Over 300 Registered Dietitians provide Medical Nutrition Therapy at Kindred’s Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers, Skilled Nursing Centers, Transitional Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals (IRFs), Kindred at Home, and Regional and Division offices.

    Tina Reilly is the Food and Nutrition Manager and Registered Dietitian (RD) at Kindred Hospital Boston. She states, “I love being a Kindred Hospital dietitian because not only do we care about our patients and fellow employees through food and nutrition, but we are encouraged to use our creative and critical thinking skills to improve patient care services in all areas of the hospital.”

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  • What is Low Vision and What Can be Done for it?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Low vision is a loss of eyesight that cannot be corrected with medicine, surgery or glasses. It can make everyday tasks difficult, such as dressing, cooking, bathing and participating in hobbies, such as gardening, knitting or reading.

    Low vision is typically caused by an eye disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or retinitis pigmentosa. An eye exam with an ophthalmologist or optometrist can confirm a suspicion of a low vision diagnosis.

    What is Low Vision and What Can be Done for it? There are numerous ways to adjust to life with low vision.


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  • Kindred: Services for Every Post-Acute Need

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Just as there are different kinds of patients, there are different kinds of hospitals. Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals provide a wide range of services to help patients with complex medical issues who need additional recovery time after a stay at a traditional hospital. While every patient receives individualized care from a team of healthcare professionals, our goal is for each person to reach the highest level of recovery before discharge.

    With our Direct Admit Program, physicians can admit medically complex patients from short-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health and other service providers directly to a Kindred Hospital. We work directly with physicians to make sure their patients have a smooth transition into our hospitals and the highest level of care continuity to prevent future readmissions.


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  • Get Glaucoma Savvy in January

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Glaucoma, which is often hereditary, results from a build-up of fluid inside the eye that presses on the optic nerve damaging it and leading to loss of vision. There are often no early symptoms of glaucoma, which is why regular vision exams are so important, especially after the age of 40.

    Get Glaucoma Savvy in January, glaucoma affects over 2.2 million Americans, but only about half of those know they have it. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, and those at highest risk are people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics and people who are severely nearsighted.

    Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease, and most people with open-angle glaucoma don’t experience symptoms until some loss of vision has already occurred. Loss of peripheral vision might be the first noticeable symptom.

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  •  Stacey Seggelke, MS, RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM Stacey Seggelke, MS, RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM

    Stacey Seggelke, sees patients with diabetes both in and out of the hospital, and shared her experiences at the Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium. She is a member of the inpatient Glucose Management team at the University of Colorado Hospital and has an outpatient diabetes clinic one day per week.

    There has been a steady and significant increase in diabetes over the last 30 years. It affects 8 percent of the population, and it is estimated that there are 79 million people who are pre-diabetic. Even when it is not the primary diagnosis, diabetes impacts the care provided to the person, and Seggelke works with her patients from admission to discharge to make sure that the treatments for other medical issues don’t harm the patient or cause problems related to their diabetes.

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  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus

    By Kindred Healthcare

    As we learn more about the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, we find that there is more yet to be discovered. Diabetes mellitus is a syndrome with disordered metabolism and inappropriate hyperglycemia due to either a deficiency of insulin secretion or to a combination of insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion to compensate. Type 1 diabetes is due to pancreatic islet B cell destruction predominantly by an autoimmune process, and these persons are prone to ketoacidosis. While type 2 diabetes is the more prevalent form and results from insulin resistance with a defect in compensatory insulin secretion. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, resulting in multiple diseases or disorders that affect multiple systems that may result in premature death.

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