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Archive for the ‘Clinical Trends’ Category

Ethical considerations for discharge planning

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Last week, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News on the care that should go into discharge planning for patient from hospitals. That article can be found here. We found the piece to be spot on, especially given a few recent interactions our... Continue Reading »

Patient (Dis)Satisfaction

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Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Clinical Trends, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

Today I had an interesting experience becoming a new patient at a large orthopedic practice in Lake County. I'll admit I usually don't tell people I am a professional RN patient advocate when I first see them. I want to see how general population... Continue Reading »

New Advances in the Treatment of Strokes

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Posted on March 30th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Clinical Trends, Inspiring Stories, Something New

The University of Kentucky may not have made it as far as they would've liked in March Madness, but they're making huge strides in other areas that are even more important Right now, the 3rd leading cause of death in America is medical error. The... Continue Reading »

Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

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The Opiod Epidemic is bad - and getting worse - but it's not the only drug problem this country has Prescription drug use in America is out of control. That's not to say that I'm anti-medication by any means. Prescription drugs can literally be... Continue Reading »

Clinical Encounters: Where Communication Falls Short

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Posted on March 13th, 2018 by Anna Dolezal, under Clinical Trends, Healthcare Reform, Patient Advocacy, Something New

According a report by Kaiser Health News, the way we teach doctors to talk about death (and other tough topics) is changing This is a good thing. In traditional US medicine, doctors are trained so highly in clinical practices that their... Continue Reading »

Why Nurses Matter

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Posted on April 23rd, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Clinical Trends, Inspiring Stories

Nurses Put Care into Healthcare This past week I had a memorable and inspiring experience.  I spoke about my role and career path as a private professional RN patient advocate to a group of graduating nurses at the College of Lake... Continue Reading »

Physicians Flee

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Posted on September 19th, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Clinical Trends, Insurance & Billing

Has your doctor sent you a letter in the past 12 months that he or she is closing their practice or leaving the practice to retire? The independent doctor is disappearing. Many may cite economic reasons because Medicare is paying less, insurance... Continue Reading »