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Should We Include Palliative Care in the Reform Debate?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In the great debate about cutting costs through health reform, maybe it's time to consider how to do it through palliative care. However, the workforce to provide palliative care and the educational assistance for those seeking to make a career in palliative medicine currently is not there. And any mention of palliative care is missing from the two healthcare reform drafts circulating on Capitol Hill. [Read More]
July 9, 2009
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The Emotional Cost of Nursing
Nurses cure the sick, heal the wounded, and comfort the dying, but are they doing so at their own cost? Jenny Watts, researcher and psychology PhD student at the University of Leicester in England aims to find out in a new project examining the emotional toll of nursing. The project, which follows a large scale, methodical review of published literature Watts conducted last year, will explore how exposure to patient suffering and empathizing with patients influence nurses' experiences of distress. [Read More]

Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes
As the long-term care industry moves toward a resident-centered approach to care, the quality of life provided to nursing home residents is facing increased scrutiny. Although most Skilled Nursing Facilities are eager to improve the quality of life in their organization, many do not know where to start. Fortunately, the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign is here to help. [Read More]

Physician Resistance Remains a Stumbling Block to EHRs
What can make or break an EHR implementation? Two words: physician buy in, says Mike Davis, executive vice president of Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society Analytics in Chicago. [Read More]

Healthy San Francisco Has Increased Access, Reduced Utilization
Healthy San Francisco, held up as a model employer "pay or play" strategy, is now two years old and its supporters view the program as a possible solution to the nation's 47 million uninsured. The program has added 43,000 of 60,000 targeted San Franciscans to its rolls since it began and has been adding about 1,800 people per month. [Read More]
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