Today, January 10, is the day *you* can help keep the ACA.

Today, January 10, is the day *you* can help keep the ACA.

Today is the day to contact senators to stop GOP effort to repeal the ACA, at least until an equal or better replacement will be implemented. A central number has been set up: 888-897-9753, for everyone. It automatically directs you to your specific senators’ offices and provides helpful talking points to use. I got...

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Free Webinar 4/28/15: The State of Patient, Resident and Family Experience: A Review of Global Efforts Across the Continuum of Care

Free Webinar 4/28/15: The State of Patient, Resident and Family Experience: A Review of Global Efforts Across the Continuum of Care

Details of free webinar 4/28/15

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One Measured Victory Over Graft for HHS’ Project HEAT; † One Giant Headache for the Patient Safety Movement.

One Measured Victory Over Graft for HHS’ Project HEAT; † One Giant Headache for the Patient Safety Movement.

          Over one year ago, Dr. Charles Denham, former editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and co-chair of the National Quality Forum, settled the DOJ’s lawsuit alleging $11 million he received in kickbacks from Carefusion. He is to pay $1 million to settle the allegations. Curious arithmetic. Worse, Carefusion...

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How Patient Advocates Can Improve Health Literacy

How Patient Advocates Can Improve Health Literacy

Many clinicians, insurance company claims representatives, lobbyists, and directors of medical associations do not realize how many adults in the U.S. (90 million) are not conversant with navigating the health care system. Even if they are aware of the fact itself, the seriousness of the implications may escape them. Low levels of health education...

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Planning For Your Future Healthcare Needs

Planning For Your Future Healthcare Needs

Most of us don’t have an advance healthcare directive. Why should we? Because an accident can happen to anyone, at any age. Because media coverage of Terri Schiavo or Nancy Cruzan or Karen Ann Quinlan made you realize you needed to get this done. But you still haven’t. Because if you are incapacitated and need...

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Further to David Brooks’ 12/5/13 Op-Ed, “The Irony of Despair”

Further to David Brooks’ 12/5/13 Op-Ed, “The Irony of Despair”

The following correspondence of December 21, 2013, is best understood in context with my post of December 19: Bullies and Psychiatric Illness: David Brooks’ Shameful Op-Ed. Dear Mr. Brooks, Please consider the damning effect of your egregious December 5 editorial, The Irony of Despair. Your vicious, shameful, overly simplistic, appallingly ignorant foray into the...

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Bullies and Psychiatric Illness: David Brooks’ Shameful Op-Ed

Bullies and Psychiatric Illness: David Brooks’ Shameful Op-Ed

David Brooks’ destructive, shameful, appallingly simplistic, ignorant, mean-spirited foray into the extremely complicated field of psychiatric illness and its consequent high mortality is a vicious assault on those who are already emotionally, socially, financially, physically, and intellectually devastated. We cannot know how much damage he inflicted with his self-indulgent display of wit...

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Improved Information for Stakeholders in Medicare

Improved Information for Stakeholders in Medicare

The Medicare Rights Center has recently released the new website, Medicare Rights.org.This redesigned website will make it easier for beneficiaries, heatlhcare providers, journalists and other interested parties to find answers to Medicare questions. There is an improved search function and a new navigational structure, as well as a more modern design for viewing on...

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Advocating During Hospitalization For Those with Developmental Disabilities

Advocating During Hospitalization For Those with Developmental Disabilities

ADVOCATING DURING HOSPITALIZATION FOR THOSE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES  Guest Speaker: Cecilia Ramsey Executive Director, Developmental Services Continuum Thursday September 12, 2013 6:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Pacific Developmental Services Continuum, Inc. empowers persons with developmental disabilities to enhance their quality of life by providing environments that encourage individual growth and independence. It has...

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No-Fee Education Alert: The Science of Safety in Healthcare

No-Fee Education Alert: The Science of Safety in Healthcare

The Science of Safety in Healthcare. Presented by Peter J. Pronovost and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Begins June 3 — five weeks. (Suggest enrolling within first week to stay current with other participating students.) Dr. Peter Pronovost has made patient safety his mission. He already possessed considerable stature, when Josie King‘s baby...

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