With the skyrocketing costs of the advanced medical technology and specialty pharmaceuticals, decreasing insurance reimbursement and high levels of uninsured patients, healthcare providers are required to be more cost effective in delivering their services. Some health care facilities operate under very tight budget. In 1992, Congress established 340B drug pricing program in order to provide discounted drugs for covered entities, such as “high-Medicaid public and private nonprofit hospitals, community health centers, and other safety net providers”1, to help those facilities to deliver pharmacy services to those underinsured or uninsured outpatient populations. This program is based on the agreement between the Secretary of
Falls are a considerable burden on patients, nurses, and hospitals. Preventing falls from happening should be a priority in healthcare organizations. While the risk of falling cannot be eliminated, it can be significantly reduced through the implementation of effective fall prevention programme (Oliver et al., 1997, Close et al., 1999). Such programme is to assess the fall-risk of patient during hospitalization as assessment enables appropriate preventive strategies to be implemented by using fall-risk assessment tool. However, there is few assessment tools have been subjected to extensive evaluation.
One of the reasons they give is that “vaccinations can sometimes cause permanent injury and death.” The article reveals that, “the government concedes there is a problem, and it established The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to reimburse parents for children who die from or are permanently disabled by vaccines. According to the article, “the National Childhood Vaccination Injury Compensation Program has paid out over 1.5million dollars in damages to families for injuries and deaths following a vaccine reaction.” “However, the risks of not being vaccinated far outweigh the risks of associated with vaccination.” “According to researchers at the Pediatric Academic Society, childhood vaccinations in the U.S prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000deathes per
In 2008, approximately 1.5 million children under the age of five died from vaccine preventable diseases. Required immunizations can save thousands of lives and can prevent serious diseases, and immunizations began to be mandatory at the beginning of the twentieth century. Immunizations are important for personal health, public health, longevity of life, and education. Overtime people have been skeptical about immunizations. There is a huge controversy surrounding immunizations.
Well, according to Mayo Clinic’s page titled Alzheimer’s disease – symptoms and causes last updated December 30, 2017, genetic factors such as your family history, having Down syndrome, or even your gender can create a risk for Alzheimer’s disease. 1. Similar to other diseases like, say, cancer, having family members who have it can increase your chance of getting it, though specific genes have been difficult to truly pin. 2. For those with Down syndrome, a gene contained in the extra chromosome increase the risk.
Accidents such as HIPAA breaches, patient falls, MRI projectiles, overexposure, bruising patients, and personal exposure to gamma rays are all preventable “faux pas” that are more prevalent than one would think. All it takes is the radiographer paying as much attention as possible and being more aware of surroundings and situations. In the past five years, there have been at least two major HIPAA breaches in the United States that stem from radiology departments. One major breach, according to Erin McCann of HealthcareITNews, put 17,300 patients’ medical information at risk in March 2013. Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic contracted a third-party vendor to transfer old x-ray films into electronic images.
Outpatient services “eliminates inefficient, ineffective or unnecessary processes in a hospital setting” (Grubem et al., 2013). Not only does this benefit the hospitals with expensive procedures but it also helps the patient with costs. This will also benefit the hospitals so they could have more room for patients who really need to stay in the hospital for more serious diseases or use the hospital beds for “community based emergency” situations (Torrens & Williams, 2008). Other forms or alternative medical care is also available to patients such as chiropractors, acupuncture, or other holistic medicine that can help in a person’s well-being. There are more and more people turning to alternative medicine especially to those who do not have health insurance or ones that cannot afford “conventional” therapy because it is too expensive (Shi & Singh,
Administering medication is a fundamental role in a nurse’s daily routine in the ward. This process happens at least twice daily and on average takes up to forty percentage of nurse’s time. It is also this skill that is higher risk, it is a step that is very susceptible to errors that can lead to consequences in patient safety. Medication governance has been put in place to prevent errors and promote patient safety. However, medication errors are still recurrent and persistent.
Purpose The purpose of the study was to test whether a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of congestive heart failure could reduce the rates of readmission in elderly patients. The study focused on elderly patients because these patients have an increased risk of readmission. This increased risk of readmission is associated with factors such as social isolation and non compliance with dietary and medical prescriptions. Method The study screened patients who were admitted to the Jewish Hospital which is located in the Washington University Medical Center. All the patients who were screened for the study were 70 years or older.
In this country, the healthcare system is struggling to incorporate a proper formula to insure an adequate transitions of care between different facilities. Due to these issues, hospitals and community practices are trying to develop better transitions of care systems to coordinate better care with their patients. Hospital readmission rates are becoming alarming, with almost 20% of discharged elderly patients returning to hospitals within a month for the same medical conditions (1). These readmission rates both hurt the hospitals, and more importantly, the patients involved; so, an effective system must be implemented that could ease this transition of care and help reduce readmission rates and healthcare expenses. The National Transitions
In the United States it is estimated that there are approximately 24 million adults with COPD (Pietrangelo, 2015). COPD is one of the leading causes of hospital admissions and one in five COPD patients who are discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days. In the United States COPD is the third most common cause of death and in 2010 it cost the United States $49.9 billion (Pietrangelo,
In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Act was introduced and has started a great leap (post Medicare and Medicaid) into the realm of quality of care for the elderly. The main objective of this Act was to make sure that residents in nursing homes received the quality of care that would ultimately maintain or achieve their highest level of mental, social and physical well being. However, since it was introduced, it has been difficult to make a collective agreement on what is considered acceptable quality of life for someone who needs LTC. This is based on regulators and policymakers simply losing track of various ailments and sudden outcomes through time. So the clear issue falls back on the idea that for the most part, LTC is inevitably in their
Medicare and Medicaid are two government funded health insurance options for disabled, low income or retired patrons. Each program provides different health care benefits and provide different options for your unique situation. Medicare being the better quality but more pricey option for insurance whereas Medicaid was made for low income families who cannot afford a more high quality insurance. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease qualify to get this type of medical insurance. Medicare Part A and B are provided by the federal government.
Valerie Benavidez Professor Stewart ENC 1101 15 November 2015 The Healthcare Crisis in the States Today, many Americans struggle to obtain minimum, let alone full healthcare coverage. The cost of healthcare has sky rocketed over the years and has become less affordable for thousands of people across the U.S. The number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time high. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes perfect sense, economically, because it eases rising costs, has been more successful at previous attempts of reform, and provides a better healthcare system overall, compared to the initial medical care system we use today. There are many factors that led up to the reasons why healthcare costs have risen so rapidly, but one of the main reasons