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    Every day, patients are brought into emergency rooms or other medical scenarios. Often, depending on their symptoms and situations, they are unable to let the clinicians know certain medical information that may be critical to their care and recovery. As medical providers, Kindred Healthcare and our clinicians are familiar with patients' medical information as it pertains to charts, patient interactions and patient advocates. While our facilities generally don't operate typical emergency room settings, we understand the benefits of having your medical information on hand in case of emergency.

    Over the years, many of us have been advised to save our next-of-kin or emergency contacts in our contacts list under the moniker "ICE," short for "In Case of Emergency." The problem with this practice in today's world is that many of us lock our phones, so no emergency medical providers or first responders would ever be able to access a full list of contacts.

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  • On October 9th, I was handed an envelope. In it was a story - a patient's story.

    "Life is a celebration of that which we can do, not a requiem for which we cannot do," the story began. "Goals are the results toward which our efforts are directed."

    The letter, handwritten by former patient Gayle, continued…

    Gayle tells the full story of her recovery, beginning with the moment her left arm started to lose feeling. She went through a multitude of tests, x-rays and MRIs which culminated in a cervical surgery the day before her daughter's birthday. The surgery, although successful, was painful for Gayle, and she went home after spending three days in the intensive care unit. 

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  • Healthcare Headlines Week of January 11, 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare tags: Medicare, Fall prevention, CMS, Kynect, CES

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    Healthcare Expected to Drive Big M&A Activity Again in 2016

    Healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are expected to produce the most merger and acquisitions activity this year behind only the technology sector, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting giant KPMG. Read More   

    Twenty Years in, the Hospitalist Landscape is Shifting-and Prompting New Debates

    The drive for efficiency in health care has led to a boom in hospitalists-and growing pains for the profession as hospitals seek to increase efficiency and demonstrate high quality outcomes, reports the New York Times. Read More  

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    Location, Location, Location May Impact Hospital Readmission Rates

    The socio-economic status of patients in a given community may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates. Read More   

    At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms

    In hospitals, alarms on patient-monitoring devices create a cacophony of noise day and night-beeping, pinging and ringing so often that doctors and nurses ignore them, turn them off or just stop hearing them. Read More

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  • Top Healthcare Headlines of 2015

    By Kindred Healthcare tags:

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    Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

    Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month. The programs have made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care.  Read more  

    Doctors' Virtual Consults with Patients to Double by 2020

    Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their patients will double in five years in the U.S. fueling the nation's tele-health boom, according to a new analysis.  Read More  

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  • There's a Code for That! - ICD 10 Christmas Edition

    By Maggie Cunningham tags:

    icd10linkIt's the time of snow and ice, trees and tinsel, naughty and nice. Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and with it, a unique set of accidents and hospital visits. The most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

    The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, 16,000 with optional sub-classifications, of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease. But we have narrowed this down to the top ten potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the holiday and winter months.

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    Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes 

    Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability and other weight-related ailments. Read More   

    Hoping To Curb the Prescription Opioid Epidemic, CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Doctors 

    The government on Monday urged primary-care physicians who prescribe opioids for pain relief to rein in their use of the drugs, proposing new guidelines that call for a more conservative approach than the one that has led to a crippling epidemic of addiction to the powerful narcotics. Read More

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    One House Call Has Big Aging-in-Place Payoff

    When it comes to helping seniors age in their own home, an in-home assessment from a physician or nurse practitioner goes a long way. Read More    

    Health Care to Lead Job Growth Through 2024

    Health care is expected to add more jobs than any other sector through 2024, including at least 394,900 hospital jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected today. Read More  

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  • Matt Maloney was shoveling snow when he started experiencing chest pains. With a family history of coronary artery disease, his primary care physician sent him in for a stress test. Matt was diagnosed with sudden Myocardial Infarction and was rushed into surgery for emergency coronary bypass grafting. During that procedure, he developed pulmonary edema, an excess of fluid in the lungs.

    Matt had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, and now required prolonged mechanical ventilation and a tracheostomy. When he left the ICU, he was transferred to Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley where he could be successfully weaned from the ventilator while also monitoring his kidney dialysis.    

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  • After Ashley came home from her freshman year in college, she made a trip to the doctor. A high cortisol level led to more testing, which led to the discovery of a tumor on her pituitary gland. This was found to be the cause of her high cortisol levels, and she was officially diagnosed with Cushing’s disease. Ashley soon went in for surgery to remove the tumor, which was successful, but with a cost. 

    During the surgery, a blood clot formed that eventually made its way to her lungs. She developed respiratory failure, sepsis, and pneumonia along with ARDS, a severe inflammation of the lungs, according to Sarmad Ashfaq, MD, of Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley, where Ashley was transferred to after surgery for long-term acute care.

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