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Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Bill Bolstering Medicare Patients’ Hospital Rights

September 15th, 2015 | Posted in Insurance Coverage, Uncategorized

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but have not been admitted to the hospital. It’s a distinction that’s easy to miss until patients are hit with big medical bills after a short stay. The vote follows overwhelming approval inRead More

Keep the restraints to a minimum to keep your patient safe

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Quality Care

Though restraint and seclusion may be required from a safety perspective, many in the health care industry believe the practice to be harmful to a patient’s well-being. Hospitals should instead focus on managing patients in such a way that restraints and seclusion rarely — if ever — need to be used, remarks Kevin Huckshorn, Ph.D,Read More

AARP report calls for more national support of family caregivers

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus

Family caregivers for adults in 2013 provided an estimated 37 billion hours of care, worth about $470 billion, but of course that was largely unpaid, according to a new report, “Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update,” published recently by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Without such family-provided care, the economic cost to the U.S. health careRead More

Ensure qualified medical interpreters are available to help LEP patients

June 16th, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus

The Joint Commission (TJC) is trying to raise awareness among hospitals and other accredited health care professionals about the need to ensure that patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) are provided the proper information about their health care in a manner they can understand. In an issue paper published online in TJC’s “Quick Safety” issueRead More

Decoding Your Diagnosis: Psychiatrists Unveil Plain-English Guide For Patients

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Long-Term Care

As mental health professionals, policy makers and advocates focus on taking steps to mend the fragmented mental health care system, the role of patients and their friends and families is sometimes overlooked. That’s why the American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – a guide forRead More