By Emily Smith on diabetes awareness. – It was during a Step-out walk for the American Diabetes Association that my physical education teacher shed light on the symptoms of type 1 diabetes (T1D), and as he spoke, I couldn’t help but recognize that I had been experiencing those very symptoms for months.
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By Colin Banas MD – When every patient requires medication reconciliation at hospital admission and discharge, and it’s been a quality measure of The Joint Commission for nearly 20 years, why is the medication history in your electronic health record (EHR) still full of so many holes? And why is med rec still a “med wreck?”
By Céline Gounder – Rahima Banu, a toddler in rural Bangladesh, was the last person in the world known to contract variola major, the deadly form of smallpox, through natural infection. In October 1975, after World Health Organization epidemiologists learned of her infection, health workers vaccinated those around her, putting an end to variola major transmission around the world.
By Devin Partida – Employee wellness programs have been around for years. They help staff effectively deal with many workplace challenges, and supply them with the necessary tools to prioritize their physical and mental health. That said, the plans have become even better with the addition of technology. Learn five ways tech can enhance employee wellness programs.
By Meena Seshamani MD PhD & Douglas Jacobs MD MPH – As we emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is increasingly clear that we must swiftly improve access to effective mental health and substance use disorder (collectively called behavioral health) treatment in order to meet the growing demand for such services.
The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. Here are the top read and shared guest posts of October that we think deserve sharing again.
By Art Gross – The adoption of remote work has seen an unprecedented surge in recent times, transforming the way organizations operate across various industries, including healthcare. While remote work offers numerous advantages, it also brings forth unique challenges, especially in terms of maintaining HIPAA compliance.
By David Burda – One of the hot healthcare stories recently was the release of the Commonwealth Fund’s first annual Health Care Affordability Survey. The survey results, which I’ll go into in a moment, confirmed what we know already, and that’s rising prices for medical care are forcing consumers into unaffordable medical debt…
By Colleen DeGuzman – Jodi Bobbitt, the school nurse at William Ramsay Elementary in Alexandria, Virginia, is always ready to see children with a wide range of injuries and illnesses. One day during the first week of school, the parade started before the first bell when a little girl walked in with red, irritated eyes. Then it got busy.
By Dan McDonald – I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Beth Friedman, Senior Partner at FINN Partners, for the FINN Voices radio show on Healthcare NOW Radio. We explored the critical issue of member satisfaction within health plans.
By Robert M. Califf MD – Last month was the one-year anniversary of the White House Conference and National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. The FDA continues to make great progress on our nutrition efforts, which can help to combat the epidemic of diet-related disease.
From KFF Health News – Their latest podcast, What the Health, Host and chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner leads a rare conversation with the current and two former secretaries of Health and Human Services.