Streamlining Mental Health Treatment

The nonprofit Mental Health America states that more than half of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, for a total of over 27 million adults in the U.S. In its 2022 State of Mental Health in America report, the organization found that 67% of adults with a mental illness in Hawaii, the bottom-ranked state, did not receive treatment.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity Preparedness and Response

While finding ways to prevent a cyberattack is important, it’s safest to presume an attacker will penetrate your defenses. Some organizations are so focused on remediating all vulnerabilities and issues that they overlook the possibility of attackers finding a novel way of getting into their system. But by having a practiced response process and working with experienced disaster mitigation vendors, personnel at your organization can feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared.

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Medication Safety Recognition Program Designed to Improve Employee Engagement

Concord (New Hampshire) Hospital began its medication safety recognition program, which was introduced in 2016 and then revised in 2017, in the pharmacy department with the goals of improving the quality of medication errors reported, increasing the number of individuals who consistently reported medication errors, and increasing employee engagement.

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Blood Clot Prevention: Who Needs to Wear an SCD and for How Long?

The CDC estimates that almost 1 million Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism (VTE), also known as blood clots. VTE is a term that is comprised of two medical conditions: deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins in the body (usually in the legs), and pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in a pulmonary artery in the lungs.

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Solutions for a Broken Healthcare System

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. is remarkably high compared to other industrialized countries. There is no equity in access, and even when care is available, it is too varied. A list of reasons why our healthcare system could be considered broken would go on and on. Activist groups and healthcare professionals alike are calling for change, and while some solutions are being offered, we must develop a starting point if we intend any lasting change to occur. 

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Poor Patient Data Signals an Alarm in Healthcare Safety

While many of the above factors are monitored by medical boards, state and federal certification organizations, and even patients on social media, patient safety also is heavily tied to the quality of data used to make clinical decisions—an important but well-hidden variable. And the quality of patient data largely depends on how accurately patients are identified. Poorly identified patients are one of the main causes of safety issues in healthcare.

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CMS Revised Guidance Offers Nursing Homes Flexibility in Nurse Aide Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a revised guidance that will provide waivers to allow nursing homes to continue certifying TNAs beyond the deadline to keep staffing at safer levels. In the early days of the COVID-10 pandemic, CMS enacted several temporary public health emergency blanket waivers intended to provide healthcare providers needed flexibility to respond to the pandemic.

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