Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • The Day After Thanksgiving

    While gratitude on Thanksgiving Day is not only tradition, but a marketable concept, the day after Thanksgiving has become the start of the holiday shopping stampede, basically the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s the day that gratitude goes the way of Walmart. At the same time, however, in each hospital, the day after Thanksgiving

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  • What Nurses Do in the Midst of Terror

    With the attacks in Russia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and France, and continuing conflict in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, we are focusing on the victims and the terrorists, but behind the scenes are hundreds of nurses who are caring for the injured as they worry about their own families. When Florence Nightingale went to the Turkey

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  • The Role of Television After a Terror Attack: Good for Patients?

    On 9/11, administrators at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, which cares for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury patients, quickly realized that continuous television broadcasting of the fall of the twin towers, people jumping from the burning buildings, and, even more so, reports of wheelchair bound workers being stranded on the 70th floor, was not healthy

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  • New Final Rule: Conversations with Patients Matter

    Last month, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued a final rule updating payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. It included a separate payment and a payment rate for clinicians to conduct advance care planning conversations with patients who are seriously ill.  In other words, Medicare will

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  • Discharge: Re-entry Into the Afterlife of the Patient Experience

    Re-entry into life after hospitalization has been reduced to the term “discharge.” Healthcare professionals have also limited their responsibility for patients once they leave the hospital to a list of instructions and follow up calls. Clearly there is more to what happens to patients when they leave the hospital than this. Is there any part of

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