• Kindred and Gentiva Reach Definitive Agreement

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This combination will help transform the American healthcare delivery system by providing patient-centered, coordinated care at home and across the continuum of care. Read Full Post
  • Welcome to the New Kindred Continuum

    By Kindred Healthcare

    We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the Kindred Continuum, now hosted on kindred.com. The functionality of our blog is the same. Each post will include helpful tags as well as the same categories. To search for blog posts based on a specific category or to look in our archives, make the appropriate selection from our pulldown menus on the righthand side of our page.

    Please email kindredcontinuum@kindred.com or contact us using the link at the top right if you experience any issues on our new site.

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  • Reducing the Risk of Heat-Related Illness

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Reducing the Risk of Heat-Related IllnessEarlier this week, we discussed heat safety and various factors that can contribute to heat-related illness. Below are ways to reduce your risk as well as first aid tips.

     

    Stay tuned to local weather news for heat alerts or warnings as you plan your outdoor activities. Be aware of the Heat Index, which factors in humidity levels as well as air temperature. With relative humidity at just 55 percent, 92 degrees has a Heat Index temperature of 101.

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  • The Heat is On: Stay Cool and Safe

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Heat is On: Stay Cool and SafeWhen temperatures drop into the teens, most people take extra precautions to stay warm and limit their exposure outside. Rising temperatures call for extra safety measures, too.

     

    As the days warm up, don’t underestimate how deadly the heat can be: The National Weather Service (NWS) calls it “one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.”

    You can prevent heat-related illness and fatalities. Understanding and limiting the risks will go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe all summer.

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  • Men’s Health Matters…To Everyone

    By Kindred Healthcare
    86519283A car is a major investment and, for most of us, it’s something we take care of to make sure it stays in top condition and has a long life. Many men, however, don’t take that same approach with their own health – even if they’d never miss a regular oil change or vehicle tune-up.

     

    During National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, it’s a good time for men to take stock of their health and make a commitment to improving it.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death for men in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can help improve heart health and regular screenings can help detect cancer earlier.

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  • It is widely recognized by policymakers and payers that our nation’s healthcare system is fragmented, creating gaps in care for patients. Researchers believe that part of this fragmentation is a result of the separate payments furnished by Medicare for each provider type that a patient may encounter during a single care episode.

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  • ACOs: Past, Present and Future

    By Kindred Healthcare

    What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) broadly defines ACOs as “groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients.” The ultimate goal of this care coordination is to streamline services and ensure that patients get the right care at the right time with better clinical outcomes. A secondary goal is to create savings to the Medicare program by eliminating duplicate services, medical errors and preventable rehospitalizations.

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  • National Women’s Health Week Is a Great Time to Start Becoming a Well Woman

    By Jessica Draka, Communications Intern

    There is more to being healthy than taking your vitamins and eating an apple a day. Education and awareness are crucial to live a healthy lifestyle. National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This week is set aside to encourage women to make their health a priority and understand what it means to be well.

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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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  • American Lung Association Report Hopes to Clear the Air

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The American Lung Association (ALA) released its 15th annual State of the Air report. The data is compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and analyzed by the ALA with the purpose of educating people about the air they breathe and how they can work to make air cleaner for better health.

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