Category Archive for: ‘Learn’

As I See It: The war on health inequity

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It is rather sobering to think that despite our outstanding natural and human resources, and our youthful optimism, our nation has won very few wars since its independence. Surely, we won significant skirmishes against Mexico and Spain, and the legendary “greatest generation” won us WWII. We won the war against Native Americans, but are now ashamed to brag about it. …

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Primary Care Providers’ Views of Recent Trends in Health Care Delivery and Payment

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A new survey from The Commonwealth Fund and The Kaiser Family Foundation asked primary care providers—physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants—about their experiences with and reactions to recent changes in health care delivery and payment. Providers’ views are generally positive regarding the impact of health information technology on quality of care, but they are more divided on the increased use …

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Should Doctors Be Using Their Smartphones In The Operating Room?

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From the home to the workplace, smartphones are a mainstay of modern life. But in many instances, access to this technology bloomed so quickly that smartphone availability outpaced the development of rules and policies governing their use. This is an especially hot topic in hospitals, where smartphone access can sometimes mean life or death. Today, we take a look at the ongoing debate around smartphone policy in hospitals …

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Improving Medicare’s Ability to Serve Patients Needing Complex Care

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A long-recognized shortcoming of Medicare is its lack of coverage for home- and community-based services, which enable people with complex conditions to live independently. While Medicaid does cover this care, less than a third of Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs qualify for Medicaid. Read about it here.  

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Oregon’s Farm to School and School Garden Programs Leading the Nation with New Funding for Every School

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In July of 2015, the Oregon legislature greatly expanded support for farm to school and school garden programs, with a $3.3 million dollar additional allocation through SB 5507 on the last day of the legislative session.  That funding, and the policy changes that went with it (SB 501) will mean that ALL school districts in Oregon will have access to …

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