Yearly Archives: 2011

4 Common Meds Send Thousands of Seniors to the Hospital

An estimated 100,000 older Americans are hospitalized for adverse drug reactions yearly, and most of those emergencies stem from four common medications, a new study finds. The four types of medication — two for diabetes and two blood-thinning agents — account for two-thirds of those drug-related emergency hospitalizations. “Of the thousands of medications available to… Continue Reading

NAHC Asks Us to Oppose Medicare Co-Pays for Home Health

Dear Home Care Advocate: We are delighted that you have taken the time to visit our NAHC Legislative Action Network (NAHC LAN) to contact your Members of Congress. As part of deficit reduction negotiations, Congress is considering proposals to impose Medicare home health copays and across-the-board cuts in home health payments. I am writing now… Continue Reading

California gives Telehealth a Push Forward

Model statute a guide for moving California telehealth forward The Telemedicine Development Act of 1996 is as obsolete as the computers in use back then. Hence the effort by telemedicine professionals and advocates to bring the law up to speed with the technology. On Tuesday, the Sacramento-based Center for Connected Health Policy issued a “telehealth… Continue Reading

Flu Shot Recommendations for 2011

Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011 Weekly August 26, 2011 / 60(33);1128-1132 On August 18, 2011, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr). This document provides updated guidance for the use of influenza vaccines in the United… Continue Reading

Accredited Home Health Services Achieves Home Care Elite for 2011

For the fourth time in the last five years, Accredited Home Health Services has achieved ‘Home Care Elite’ status as determined by OCS Home Care (www.ocshomecare.com).  Accredited’s Superb Clinical Outcomes are calculated by Medicare and related to these specific indicators; 1) Improvement in Patient Mobility 2) Improvement in Patient’s Ability to Get in & out… Continue Reading

Disability Advocates File Lawsuit Against California

Advocates for Californians with developmental disabilities, led by UCP San Diego (United Cerebral Palsy) and the Arc California, filed a lawsuit against California Wednesday alleging it is violating federal and state law by failing to adequately fund services needed by individuals with developmental disabilities. The suit, filed in Sacramento against the California Department of Developmental… Continue Reading

How Strokes Impact Speech

Article from MSN Health – http://health-tools.health.msn.com/speech-recovery-and-development-center/after-a-stroke-regaining-your-speech?did=t2_rss1 With speech and language deficits, the greatest progress usually comes in the first few days of therapy. The two most common speech impairments are aphasia and dysarthria. Aphasia. This is the term for difficulty using words. Some people with aphasia have trouble talking but can easily understand speech. Others… Continue Reading

Caregiver Article from the Family Caregiver Alliance

Introduction Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don’t think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become… Continue Reading

10 Tips on How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Content from this email provided by Jason Tweed at Leading Home Care http://www.leadinghomecare.com/pdtoday/20110129.html 10 Tips For Working Smarter Not Harder In 2010, I made a personal New Year’s resolution to “work smarter, not harder” and it worked well for me. At the beginning of this new year, I started thinking about the things I’ve done… Continue Reading

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