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POLST and Advance Care Directives for End of Life Care

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It can be an uncomfortable and challenging topic – which is why preparing for the end of one’s life is often an avoided task. However, not being prepared for such a situation can be disadvantageous to patients and their families. This is why Dr. Michael Demoratz, National Clinical Director for Amada Senior Care, focuses on educating families about the importance of Advance Care Planning. “If you deal with some of these issues before they become a crisis, they’re easier to handle,” Dr. Demoratz said. Currently, only 25 percent of Americans have recorded their end-of-life medical wishes in a legal document….

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HEALTHCARE IS A TEAM SPORT: Hospitals, Doctors & Caregivers Working Together to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Jane Noble 27 March 2013 Over 2 million Medicare patients, many of them elderly, are readmitted to the hospital for the same condition within 30 days of being discharged. These hospital readmissions are no doubt depressing for patients and their families, and the extra Medicare costs stack up to a daunting $17.5 billion annually. A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.rwjf.org) entitled The Revolving Door: A Report on US Hospital Readmissions analyzes hospital specific Medicare data provided by the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and focuses on regional and hospital variation in…

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New Transparency in Medicine

Transparency in Medicine and Its Effect On Sales Reps in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry By Jane Noble, May 14, 2013 As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a new ruling will come into effect at the end of March 2013.  The Physician Payment Sunshine Act mandates that pharmaceutical and medical device companies report any payments made to physicians.  These payments are widespread and until recently were considered a trade secret but will become public record in September 2014. The pharmaceutical industry has already experienced dramatic changes over the last 20 years. In the 1990s…

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