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National Nurse Practitioner Week November 7- 13th

The work of nurse practitioners (NPs) is being heralded with proclamations and certificates by U.S. governors as they and healthcare providers, policymakers, and patients join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) in celebrating National NP Week this week, November 7-13, 2021. Please visit the AANP website so that you too can help celebrate these exceptional health…

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Psychedelics Could Be New Frontier in End-of-Life Care

Psychedelic medicines may represent a new frontier for end-of-life care, as well as psychiatric treatment. While these substances — including LSD, MDMA, psilocybin and ketamine, among others — remain illegal, grass roots support for decriminalization or medical use is growing. Meanwhile, venture capitalists and other investors are spending billions to get on the ground floor…

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✨November is Home Care, Hospice, Palliative Month✨

November is a chance to recognize the dedication and innovation of providers of health care at home. It is an opportunity to acknowledge recipients of in-home care services, and celebrate that they are able to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes while receiving quality care. Home health, home care, and hospice…

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White House ‘Build Back Better’ Framework to Include $100 Million to Build Out Hospice, Palliative Care

After a series of negotiations with lawmakers the White House has announced a “framework” for drafting of the Build Back Better Act. The massive $1.7 trillion package would include $150 billion to expand home- and community-based services for seniors as well as $100 million to grow the hospice and palliative care nursing workforce and educate…

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Respiratory therapists recognized as the ‘unsung heroes’ of the pandemic

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The final week of October marks the start of an important week to recognize who many would call the unsung heroes of this pandemic — respiratory therapists. They’re the specially trained men and women who help people keep breathing as they fight COVID. “We really do become their family because…

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Respiratory Care Week – October 24-30, 2021

WHAT IS RESPIRATORY CARE WEEK? Respiratory Care Week gives us a little more breathing room annually on October 24-30.  Hard-working doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, care for patients with breathing difficulties due to chronic conditions like asthma. Respiratory Care Week highlights the information we need to keep us breathing well so…

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More Than 30,000 Home Care Workers Fail to Meet New York Vaccination Deadline

Roughly a month after New York state made being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 a job requirement for workers with the state’s licensed home health agencies, more than 30,000 caregivers failed to meet Thursday’s deadline. While the rate for New York home-based care workers checked in at about 86% partially vaccinated and 71% fully vaccinated, at least 34,000…

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U.S. healthcare could save $265B in administrative costs, McKinsey report finds

More than a quarter of U.S. healthcare administrative spending—an estimated $265 billion—could be reduced without compromising care quality or access, a new report suggests. The U.S. spent an estimated $950 billion on administrative healthcare costs alone in 2019, and that amount has only increased since, according to the report. Co-authored by experts from McKinsey and…

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CMS Getting Closer to Vaccination Guidance for Home Health Agencies, Other Medicare-Medicaid Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed last week that it was in the rule making stage of a collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the establishment of a federal vaccine mandate. Last Monday, Dr. Lee Fleisher, CMS’ chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards…

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Mental health conditions increase complications and costs of pregnancies, study finds

Every year, the U.S. healthcare system spends $102 million more on hospitalizations for pregnant people with mental health disorders than those without. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the presence of mental health disorders during pregnancy coincided with a 50% rise in unexpected severe complications for the mother, including heart failure, hysterectomy or…

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