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  • How the Opioid Crisis Stretches Into Post-Acute Care
    Post-acute care (PAC) includes individuals receiving long-term care, home health care, outpatient treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health concerns. Technically, all health organizations have branches or roots in post-acute care, but persons-served in this space are starting to become part of the opioid narrative.
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  • MDS Updates, New Items and Some Surprises for October 1, 2017
    Ahhh, the end of summer has come!  And as sure as Starbucks will start selling their line of pumpkin spice lattes you can also be assured that CMS will release an update to the RAI MDS 3.0 User’s manual.  CMS did not disappoint!  A manual update was recently released with not only some of the usual updates and revisions, but also some surprises and addition of new MDS items.
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  • The 2017 State of Staff Development & Training Report Is Here!
    In March of 2017, we solicited responses from more than 5,000 healthcare professionals to identify trends, best practices and anticipated changes for their staff development and training programs. After countless hours of data crunching and revisions, we’re proud to announce the release of our 2017 State of Staff Development & Training report.
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  • Long-Term Treatment for Addiction Provides Higher Success Rates
    September is National Recovery Month: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness of disorders related to substance use and mental health. This month is also a time to celebrate those who have recovered. The SAMHSA’s annual Recovery Month theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communi...
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  • Pressure Injury/Pressure Ulcer: Learn the TNT Acronym
    Pressure Injury- Who Is at Risk? Pressure injuries in the U.S. are common and costly, affecting an estimated three million people per year and generating expenses of close to $11 billion (Raetz & Wick, 2015). Pressure injuries occur most often in acute care hospitals, nursing facilities, and home care settings (Ag...
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  • Developing an Interdisciplinary, Individualized Plan of Care in Home Health Care
      According to recent statistics, home health referrals after acute care hospitalization have exploded, growing 65% to 3.7 million in slightly more than a decade (Jones, Bowles, Richard, Boxer, & Masoudi, 2017). Individualized patient care planning has always been the cornerstone of efficient and effective care delivery in home healthcare, and this focus is now considered a non-negoti...
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  • Opioid Commission Preliminary Report: Impact on Behavior and Community Health Providers
    The  opioid epidemic is responsible for the deaths of 142 Americans every day, and the use of opioids does not discriminate on any front. Americans of every socioeconomic class are falling victim to the grip of addiction, and fentanyl-related overdoses are on the rise. President Trump officially declared a national emergency regarding the state of the opioid epidemic on August 10, 2017...
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  • An Introduction to OASIS: Outcome and Assessment Information Set
    The Outcome and Assessment Information Set, or OASIS, a group of data elements developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), represent core items of a comprehensive assessment for an adult home care patient, form the basis for measuring patient outcomes, and determine agency reimbursement. Since its debut in October, 2000, the OASIS document has become the Magna Carta of th...
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  • First Glance: Commission to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Barriers to Care, and Suicide
    The risk of opioid overdose has reached an all-time high, killing approximately 91 people daily, asserts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In keeping with his campaign promises, President Trump established the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis via executive order on March 29, 2017, reports the Office of the Press Secretary. But, what has t...
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  • Considerations in Telehealth and "Telemental Health"
    The benefits of telehealth are obvious. Your organization can provide greater access to health care and mental health services without necessarily expanding your physical facilities. Given the inherent risk of missed, late or inadequate appointments when caring for individuals with mental health issues, telehealth holds great promise. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association coine...
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  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace
    Did you know that domestic violence is one of the most common forms of workplace violence? And did you also know that we in the healthcare industry experience more incidents of workplace violence than other industries? This topic needs to stay on the front burner for all of us who work in a human services organization.
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  • Security Audit – How Vulnerable Is Your Organization?
    Often rules and guidelines for human services organizations are based on events and the realization that if xyz law was in place, the event could have been avoided.  Just look at Tarasoff v. Regents of University of California and how mandated reporting was forever changed. Risk management is an important area of a human services organization, and involves balancing the needs of those...
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  • Caregiver Rules for Assisting with the Self-Administration of Medications
    You have known Miss Kelly for over three years, as you have been caring for her and her sister. The two of you have a special connection, so it is particularly distressing to you when you watch her slowly, over time, deteriorate because of her arthritis and heart condition. You have always aided with bathing, meal preparation, and light chores, but she has taken care of her own medicat...
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  • Nurses: Feeling Burned Out? Ethics May Help
    You have been there before. You are caring for an individual and something about their situation gives you a bad feeling. Maybe you feel that their care is too aggressive? Maybe you think they do not really understand the implications of their medical decisions? You try to shake it off, but still you keep thinking about it and take it home with you. You may become angry or upset. Over ...
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  • Strengthening Community Health Centers
    The health care system in the Unites States changed dramatically after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the American health care system continues to change rapidly with the new administration. Despite the debate and rhetoric that often accompany discussions regarding health care policy, nearly everyone can agree on the common goal of creating a system that delivers the hig...

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