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Health care costs: Debt talks boost Medicare
reform plans

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The heated debate over the federal deficit has pumped new life into controversial proposals for requiring Americans on Medicare to pay more for their health care, raising the possibility that seniors' medical bills could jump hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. More

A patient-centric approach to patient safety
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When popular physician blogger Kevin Pho wrote about involving patients in healthcare reform in a recent article in USA Today, one thing he failed to mention is a novel government initiative that has been flying below most of our radar screens — the "Partnership for Patients: Better Care — Lower Costs." Why was it necessary to call out patient centeredness as a separate initiative? Although no one disputes that those of us who work in the U.S. healthcare system are committed to delivering the best possible care to our patients, the truth is that unacceptably large numbers of patients continue to be harmed by errors in medical judgment, processes, and practice. More

Checking for patient safety using hospital checklists
U.S. Politics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As counterintuitive as it may seem, going to a hospital may kill a person. According to the New York Times, the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. is hospital-acquired infections — infections like pneumonia that patients contract while receiving treatment for other ailments. Such infections cost the health care system over $40 billion annually. Across the country, hospitals have taken steps to decrease the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections, making remarkable progress in some areas. Yet, studies show there is still a long way to go. More

Medicaid pulls back on mental health for kids, teens
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Virginia's Medicaid program is further tightening controls on some child and adolescent mental health services this week because of soaring payments to private providers. Between 2006 and 2010, spending for emotionally disturbed youngsters grew by nearly 400 percent on day treatment and by more than 200 percent for short-term in-home treatment. The increase was due in part to a recent push to treat children at their homes and schools when possible, rather than in institutions and group homes. However, loose regulations and lax monitoring also created loopholes that some private providers exploited. More

SHCA Domains of Practice™ Grievance and Complaint Management

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
1:00 p.m. CST
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Member Rate $140
Patient Advocates are faced daily with many challenges - they receive grievances, complaints and concerns from patients, their families and others. It is the nature of the beast to manage difficult situations and help resolve complicated issues with appropriate departments across the facility to mitigate risk and improve the overall patient experience. A successful Patient Advocate not only does right by the patient, but does the right thing, the right way in accordance with the healthcare facility’s policies, state laws, and by the CMS Grievance Guidelines and other federal regulatory agencies.

The goal of this 90 minute module is to provide participants with fundamental information and regulatory updates as it relates to the collecting, responding and resolving of grievances and complaints as well as the legal and ethical responsibility of the Patient Advocate that are put in place by federal regulatory agencies.To learn more or to register click here.

Alzheimer's Association helps those who can't help themselves
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The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping rid our society of this most insidious diseases. Only recently are we fully realizing the burden Alzheimer's places on our economy and health care system. Total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are projected to increase from $183 billion in 2011 to $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2011 dollars). This dramatic rise includes a sevenfold increase in Medicare payments and a fivefold increase in payments from Medicaid and out-of-pocket and other sources (i.e., private insurance, health maintenance organizations, etc.). More

Key to health care costs is to better treat chronically ill
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People with five or more chronic conditions represent 22 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries and 69 percent of all Medicare spending. They see an average of 13 physicians during the year and fill approximately 50 prescriptions. They are 99 times more likely to have a preventable hospitalization than someone without a chronic condition, and 98 percent of all hospital readmissions within 30 days occur in Medicare beneficiaries with five or more chronic conditions. More

Medicare doesn't cover many health care expenses for low-income seniors
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly half of Medicare recipients have incomes at or below 200 percent of poverty — $21,780 for an individual, $29,420 for a couple. At a time of growing concern about federal deficits and the national debt, few dispute the need to take on Medicare. The health insurance program for seniors and others with certain disabilities already accounts for 15 percent of the federal budget — behind only Social Security and defense spending. And that share is expected to rise as health-care costs continue their upward spiral and more baby boomers retire, threatening the long-run solvency of Medicare. More

Call for Faculty — SHCA Domains of Practice

Applications Due: August 1, 2011.

SHCA is seeking faculty with excellent teaching abilities to help us shape the future of patient advocacy through high quality instruction. We have a number of faculty positions open for the Domains of Practice curriculum to meet industry needs.

Click here for more information on faculty expectations, compensation and the online application.

Patient advocates, oncologists and cancer care providers urge Congress to oppose $3 billion cut to life-sustaining community cancer care
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In a letter sent to Congressional Leadership and the White House, 10 leading patient advocacy groups, community cancer care providers and healthcare professional organizations urged lawmakers to oppose a $3 billion funding cut to Medicare reimbursement for cancer-fighting drugs that, if enacted, would lead to facility closures, barriers to patient access to cancer care and significant healthcare job losses. More

Surgical errors drop in Veterans Affairs medical centers
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The rate of incorrect surgical procedures in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals has decreased significantly in recent years, a retrospective study showed. In recent years the VA has made patient safety a priority, implementing a medical team training program that emphasizes preoperative checklists and postoperative briefings. More
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