• Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials last week revoked the prior authorization process for many drugs used in hospice care. Read Full Post
  • Nurses in Staff Development

    By Blair Donovan, Marketing and Communications Intern
    Staff Development Coordinators (SDCs) take on numerous jobs within their facilities, which can be difficult to balance. Marailey Poindujour, SDC at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Avery, is in charge of employee education, employee immunizations, keeping track of license certifications, infection control, and new hire orientation. Marailey also serves as co-chair to her facility’s safety committee and as a clinical educator, dealing with complex patient issues.

    “If we have a patient come in with complex issues, it’s my job to learn about those issues,” she said. “Recently, we had a patient come in with a life vest. I had never worked with one before, so I had to learn about it and educate the employees.” Read Full Post
  • Kindred’s Ray Sierpina Honored as Patient Advocate

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Kindred's Ray Sierpina Honored as a Patient AdvocateEarlier this year the nation’s largest association of nursing and rehabilitation centers – the American Health Care Association (AHCA)– honored Kindred’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Ray Sierpina, with the coveted Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award.

    The annual award recognizes individuals who possess the compassion and commitment to the patients and residents benefitting from the medical care and rehabilitation services provided in our nation’s nursing facilities – consistent with the advocacy efforts exemplified by the late Joe Warner, the former president and CEO of Illinois based Heritage Enterprises.

    The association presents the award to members “who have worked directly to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long term and post-acute care patients and to advance quality long term care.” Read Full Post
  • The 10th Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit is taking place June 22-24. This annual gathering of people involved in post acute care will be looking at broad directions for the future of healthcare and technology. The Summit combines health and healthcare trends, information technology directions and Federal legislative and regulatory policy.

    Kindred has been a strategic partner of the LTPAC HIT Summit for several years, shaping the agenda and leading the panel discussions. This year, I will be presenting work I’ve done for the Federal Health IT Policy Committee on a voluntary certification program for LTPAC Electronic Health Records.

    The 2014 LTPAC HIT Summit has five different themes:

    • Connected patients and caregivers
    • Connected workers
    • Connected partners
    • Health intelligence, and
    • Changing business imperatives.

    We live in a connected world. We now expect to be connected in the palm of our hand to all the critical information we need to get through our day. We connect with family and friends, arrange meetings, find the information and resources we need and make financial transactions. Mobile apps and the Internet have changed what happens outside of work and is also changing what happens at work. The Summit will explore how post-acute and long-term care is participating in these changes, how we connect with our patients, residents and their families and caregivers, how we connect our workforce to the information they need and how we connect with the many partners we have in providing care.

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  • Communicating with Aphasia

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Aphasia is a little-known language disorder that affects nearly one-third of stroke victims. It occurs when there is damage to the communications hub in the left side of the brain. While aphasia disrupts communication skills, it does not affect a person’s thinking skills.

    There are many types of aphasia, but the most general categories are receptive and expressive aphasia. With receptive aphasia, the person can hear a voice or read print, but may not understand the meaning of the message. With expressive aphasia, the person knows what he or she wants to say yet has difficulty communicating it to others.

    Someone with receptive aphasia may:

    • Have difficulty comprehending what others say
    • Have difficulty with reading comprehension
    • Be unaware that they are using words incorrectly

    Someone with expressive aphasia may:

    • Be able to understand what others say
    • Have difficulty saying what they are thinking
    • Speak in a jumbled manner
    • Say a word different than the one they want to say
    • Have difficulty writing
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  • On Saturday, May 10th, Kindred’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Diaz delivered the commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of American University‘s Kogod School of Business. After receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University, Paul addressed the eager students offering words of encouragement and advice.

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  • Kindred's Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Diaz was named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for the fourth time. An editorial review board consisting of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare reviewed the nominations for the biennial list and judged them on the following five criteria.

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  • Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain Injury

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain InjuryAn individualized care plan is critical when helping brain injury patients recover and return home. And it takes a team of specialists to tailor the rehabilitation plan so it addresses both the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues involved.

    The brain injury program at Kindred’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals focuses on helping patients restore function and learn how to do things differently when functions can’t be restored to pre-injury levels. The program combines a multidisciplinary team with the technologies and tools specifically geared toward brain injuries.

    In addition to physician specialists, Kindred’s brain injury team includes rehabilitation trained nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical dietitians, neuropsychologists, orthotists, social workers and case managers. The therapists often have extensive training in areas such as Neuro-IFRAH, Neurodevelopmental technique, Vital Stim, and more.

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  • What are Pressure Ulcers and Why are They a Problem?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Have you ever heard the term “bed sore” before? “Bed sore” is another way of saying “pressure ulcer,” a condition that occurs when pressure, with or without friction, builds up in an area of the body, such as the sacrum, coccyx, heels or hips, particularly in an immobile person. Pressure obstructs blood flow to the soft tissue, causing injury to the area. Because pressure ulcers can develop in patients confined to wheelchairs or beds in a hospital or long-term care facility, caregivers must be well trained in preventing pressure ulcers and treating them early and effectively when they do develop. The more advanced a pressure ulcer gets, the harder it is to treat and the longer it may take to heal.

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  • Kindred Honors Ginger Stewart for 44 Years of Service

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was president. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Sesame Street debuted on television. And a young nurse named Naomi “Ginger” Stewart started work at Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, a hospital that would eventually become Kindred Hospital Kansas City.

    “I have fulfilled many lifelong dreams that would’ve appeared to be those of a dreamer,” Ginger said in a letter announcing her retirement after 44 years of service. “The most important one was my father and mother’s dream for me to become a ‘real nurse,’ though teaching was always in my heart.”

    Ginger credits Kindred with allowing her to pursue that dream of teaching through a position as an adjunct nursing professor at Johnson County Community College.

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