• 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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  • It's often been said that no one can or could give a facility tour like Paul Diaz. Paul was CEO of Kindred Healthcare for 10 years and is now a board member. Paul made a great impact on families and employees alike, which is why every year Kindred honors outstanding employees for going above and beyond with this special award in his name.

    This year, there were 110 nominations from all Kindred divisions across the country. It's a long and challenging task to go through 110 applications, but at today's Clinical Impact Symposium, that list was narrowed down to two individuals. 

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  • Healthcare Headlines - May 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Nursing Homes Starting to Offer More Individualized Menus

    On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen.  

    AHRQ Reports Continued Gains in Health Care Quality

    Health care quality is improving overall, especially in hospitals, and more people have health care coverage and a usual source of medical care since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read more.  

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  • The story of Dr. Al Sindi is a remarkable narrative of perseverance, support and recovery. His wife, Dr. Eman, shared it with us on the day before her husband was to be discharged.

    "My husband had spinal surgery in April of 2015. After the procedure, he was highly functional and everything looked like it was going well, until he had an embolic stroke not long afterwards. He lost all function and developed serious complications, including sepsis" said Dr. Eman. "He was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he had extensive surgical treatment to stabilize his condition - which couldn't have been more serious as he was completely disabled by the stroke."

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  •  rothman1cisQuality means making a difference in people's lives every day - for the better - and that's what Kindred Healthcare is all about, according to Dr. Marc Rothman, Chief Medical Officer for Kindred.

    Toward that end, Dr. Rothman emphasizes that Kindred must assess care based on measures that are standard and understood by others, and that quality care is the result of the efforts of every single Kindred employee every single day.

    "Kindred employees partner with first-class organizations," such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, UCLA Health, and Kaiser Permanente every day, Dr. Rothman says. These organizations dug deep to find where they could make changes to go from good to great and Kindred needs to follow this path, standardizing and streamlining care, and emphasizing quality, to be the "best healthcare company it can be," he says.

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  • The 2015 Paul Diaz Caring Award

    By Maggie Cunningham

    102,000 caregivers.

    152 nominations

    Four finalists. 

    One award presented annually to Kindred caregivers who demonstrate an extraordinary level of skill, compassion and empathy while caring for patients and residents. The Paul Diaz Caring Award.

    Four outstanding caregivers are awarded a cash prize, a glass Caring Award and certificate, and a special reception in their honor. Additionally, each of the recipients will be honored by having their names engraved on the legacy Paul Diaz Caring Award plaque, which sits in the Kindred Support Center. Their photos and stories will hang on the Caring Awards "Wall of Fame" within the expanded facility. 

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  • Keeping Kindred Secure

    By Maggie Cunningham

    StrongSecureThumbUse Strong Secure Passwords

    When choosing a password, consider making an acronym from sentences and use characters, numbers and mixed capitalization for complexity. Also, never give out your login credentials (over the phone, in person, or in e-mail.) 

    In this example, the letters in mixed capitalization are an acronymic representation of the sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. For added complexity, the letter 'O' is represented as a zero, and the sentence is finished in the special character '!' 

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  • Mayor Greg Fischer recently announced that the Louisville Innovation Summit will be held October 14 and 15, 2015. The two day collaborative event is presented by six of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, all of which happen to be stationed in Louisville. These organizations include Delta Dental, Humana, Kindred, ResCare, Signature and Trilogy.

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  • President Obama Delivers Opening Remarks at WHCOA

    By Maggie Cunningham

    The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is held only once every ten years. This year, it happens to fall during the 50th anniversary year of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.  The conference provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs, in addition to providing foresight into new and evolving issues that will shape the landscape for the growing population of older American’s over the next ten years.  

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  • Get Moving, Even with Arthritis

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This post is adapted from Insights to Healthy Aging, our Kindred at Home newsletter.

    Get Moving Even with ArthritisAs many as one in two Americans are expected to develop symptomatic osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, by age 85.

    Do you think exercise is out of the question for you or older family members who have osteoarthritis? Actually, exercise becomes more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is ample scientific evidence suggesting that exercise can reduce pain and improve function, mood and quality of life for people with arthritis. It may also positively impact the symptoms of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Read Full Post