• The Centers for Disease Control reports that "every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the U.S."

    Combine that eye-opening statistic with the reality of an aging U.S. population and the fact that the rate of falls increases with age and it's clear why the 2015 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium is focused squarely on fall prevention.

    Speaker Leslie Allison, PT, PhD, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University, says one of her friends, a geriatrician, calls the upcoming anticipated surge of falls the Silver Tsunami.

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  • Clinical Impact Symposium 2015 Pre-Conference

    By Maggie Cunningham

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    The 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium started off with a bang today with two breakout sessions for the pre-conference. While one room spent the afternoon focusing on balance and fall prevention, the other took a deep dive into the role of pharmacists in Interdisciplinary Teams (IDT). Later in the afternoon, registration opened up for the full conference, which kicks off at 8:00 AM Tuesday, November 10.

    Speaker Jennifer Ellis (PT, DPT, MS, GCS, and COS-C) began by detailing core characteristics found in clinical experts across all disciplines. It's worth highlighting that the key component of being a clinical expert is being a non-expert. While being a systematic thinker and having a wealth of content knowledge are crucial, the two most important qualities that all clinical experts possess are self-reflection and an ability to change their behaviors based on what they continue to learn. They find out what they don't know, and they learn it. In other words, a clinical expert doesn't necessarily know everything, but they are aware enough to realize when they need to seek answers, and they succeed in finding them.

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  • Cromnibus Bill Includes Healthcare Provisions

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Averting a government shutdown, Congress passed legislation last week to fund most of the government through next October. Known as the “cromnibus,” the spending bill was a mash-up of an omnibus bill, which is how Congress funds the government under normal circumstances, and a continuing resolution (CR), which is how Congress funds the government when they can’t come to a deal.

    The legislation provides funding for everything in the government, other than homeland security, which is operating under a separate continuing resolution.

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  • Leading Change at the Local Level - Continue the Impact

    By Kindred Healthcare

    NOTE: Mary's story is purely hypothetical and was crafted specifically for 2014 Clinical Impact Symposium attendees to use as an exercise in care transitions. Any resemblance to a person living or deceased is coincidental.  

    Throughout the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium: Clinical Excellence in the Care of the Stroke Patient Across the Continuum, participants were asked to consider the fictional case of Mary Marton, a 66-year-old woman who had been the primary caregiver for her debilitated husband, Jack, until she herself suffered a stroke. Participants broke into small groups yesterday to talk about some of the lessons learned through the care Mary received after a friend called 911 when she noted Mary’s speech was slurred and that she was having trouble picking things up off the table.

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  • Stroke: The Patient Experience

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Stroke: The Patient ExperienceJill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. Her research specialty was in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses. She is also an artist, author, and stroke survivor.

    In 1996, Dr. Taylor experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain that left her unable to speak, move, or remember her life from before. Her book on her experience, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” was a New York Times bestseller. Although it took her eight years to recover her physical function and thinking ability, she is quick to note that she is still regaining abilities she had prior to her stroke. Read Full Post
  • Helping You Breathe Easier

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Helping You Breathe EasierKindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers bridge the gap between hospital and home. When patients leave a traditional hospital, they often need continued care to recover completely. That’s where we come in.

    While all Kindred centers care for patients with pulmonary diagnoses, some centers offer additional and advanced capabilities to care for these patients. Our pulmonary program is designed to help patients achieve positive outcomes through evidence-based clinical care so that each patient can reach his or her highest level of functioning – all with the combination of critical thinking and clinical excellence that has made Kindred a leader in the field.

     

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  • Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires Her

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires HerOccupational therapist Shana Mohr chose OT because she feels it has the ability to touch so many aspects of a patient’s therapy and recovery.

    “Occupational therapy is a blend of both physical therapy and speech therapy,” she said. “While those two may stand on their own, occupational covers an assimilation of both.”

    Watching her grandfather undergo therapy sealed the deal.

    “I found the whole thing so fascinating,” she said. Read Full Post
  • Kindred Contact Center Nurse Advocates Share Their Most Rewarding MomentsThe Kindred Contact Center serves as a resource for patients and caregivers who have questions about post-acute care, Medicare, insurance, or anything else related to the care of a loved one with needs beyond the traditional hospital. Piloted in Cleveland, it has already received calls from across the country from patients and their caregivers, and was launched nationwide on September 1. Read Full Post
  • The Bridge From Short-Term Hospitalization

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Bridge From Short-Term HospitalizationThe most common hospital setting in America is one that provides short-term acute care for patients with pressing health issues – emergencies brought on by an acute illness or an accident. The immediate objective is to stabilize patients and help them recover as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, not all patients can recover quickly. They need a transitional care hospital.

     

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  • CMS Final Payment Rules Reflect Kindred Comments

    By Kindred Healthcare
    In early August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)issued several final rules regarding Medicare policies and payment rates for several post-acute care providers – including Long-term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) – which go into effect at the start of fiscal year 2015 (FY 15) on October 1, 2014.

    During the public comment period prior to the issuance of these final rules, Kindred took the opportunity to react to proposals within each rule and advocate the value of quality post-acute care services within our nation’s healthcare continuum. Read Full Post