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    How the Opioid Crisis Stretches Into Post-Acute Care

    Post-acute care (PAC) includes individuals receiving long-term care, home health care, outpatient treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health concerns. Technically, all health organizations have branches or roots in post-acute care, but persons-served in this space are starting to become part of the opioid narrative.

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    MDS Updates, New Items and Some Surprises for October 1, 2017

    Ahhh, the end of summer has come!  And as sure as Starbucks will start selling their line of pumpkin spice lattes you can also be assured that CMS will release an update to the RAI MDS 3.0 User’s manual.  CMS did not disappoint!  A manual update was recently released with not only some of the usual updates and revisions, but also some surprises and addition of new MDS items.

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    The 2017 State of Staff Development & Training Report Is Here!

    In March of 2017, we solicited responses from more than 5,000 healthcare professionals to identify trends, best practices and anticipated changes for their staff development and training programs. After countless hours of data crunching and revisions, we’re proud to announce the release of our 2017 State of Staff Development & Training report.

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    Long-Term Treatment for Addiction Provides Higher Success Rates

    September is National Recovery Month: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness of disorders related to substance use and mental health. This month is also a time to celebrate those who have recovered. The SAMHSA’s annual Recovery Month theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities....

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    Pressure Injury/Pressure Ulcer: Learn the TNT Acronym

    Pressure injuries in the U.S. are common and costly, affecting an estimated three million people per year and generating expenses of close to $11 billion (Raetz & Wick, 2015). Pressure injuries occur most often in acute care hospitals, nursing facilities, and home care settings (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2013).

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    Developing an Interdisciplinary, Individualized Plan of Care in Home Health Care

    According to recent statistics, home health referrals after acute care hospitalization have exploded, growing 65% to 3.7 million in slightly more than a decade (Jones, Bowles, Richard, Boxer, & Masoudi, 2017). Individualized patient care planning has always been the cornerstone of efficient and effective care delivery in home healthcare, and this focus is now considered a non-negotiable part...

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    An Introduction to OASIS: Outcome and Assessment Information Set

    The Outcome and Assessment Information Set, or OASIS, a group of data elements developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), represent core items of a comprehensive assessment for an adult home care patient, form the basis for measuring patient outcomes, and determine agency reimbursement. Since its debut in October, 2000, the OASIS document has become the Magna Carta of the home...

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    First Glance: Commission to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Barriers to Care, and Suicide

    The risk of opioid overdose has reached an all-time high, killing approximately 91 people daily, asserts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In keeping with his campaign promises, President Trump established the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis via executive order on March 29, 2017, reports the Office of the Press Secretary. But, what has the...

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    Telehealth and Telepsychiatry Best Practices

    What do you think standard mental health care or general health care will look like within the next five years?

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    Considerations in Telehealth and "Telemental Health"

    The benefits of telehealth are obvious. Your organization can provide greater access to health care and mental health services without necessarily expanding your physical facilities. Given the inherent risk of missed, late or inadequate appointments when caring for individuals with mental health issues, telehealth holds great promise. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association coined the...

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