Posts Tagged ‘ Healthcare ’

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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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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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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Situation Critical! My latest blog for First Stop Health.

Situation Critical! My latest blog for First Stop Health.

My March blog at First Stop Health‘s invitation, an affordable medical advice service allowing healthcare consumers 24/7 telephone access to a doctor (including prescription filling), focused on the importance of health literacy. There is a direct relationship between a high health literacy score and good health. The opposite is also true: low health literacy has a...

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Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

It’s no secret that hospital nurses are overworked and underpaid. Worse, long shifts lead to emotional and physical burnout that places the safety of patients, as well as the nurse’s own career, at serious risk. One study revealed that nurses who work shifts longer than ten hours are at sharply increased risk for burnout....

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Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

          The obesity issue is rife with misinformation and oversimplification. Being overweight is not just about gluttony. Indeed, many overweight people eat far less than their thinner counterparts. First, note that discriminating against fat people seems to be the last remaining bastion of bigotry that is socially acceptable. Regardless of...

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The Prognosis: You Know the Diagnosis, Now What?

The Prognosis: You Know the Diagnosis, Now What?

The brave new world of cancer treatment – and prognostic information – was featured in the New York Times: “A Life-Death Predictor Adds to a Cancer’s Strain.” This is notable not only for the novel medical treatment but also for the revelation of practicing physicians’ ethics and the way in which new treatments are...

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Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

A new report by a division of the AHA agrees with previous research: that effective physician-nurse communication positively impacts patient safety. The research was conducted by HealthGrades, which identified the top performing 5% hospitals in patient safety. Kristin Reed, Vice President of Clinical Quality Programs and author of the study, asserted that it is...

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Educational Podcasts for the Health Care Consumer

Educational Podcasts for the Health Care Consumer

Free podcasts are available to the general public, courtesy of my professional association, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC).   For instance, Richard Heasley, director of San Francisco’s Conard House, presented a teleconference on May 16, 2012  entitled “Effective Teamwork with Psychiatric Patients.” Other topics include eldercare, patient safety, Medicare, and many others. You can...

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