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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A screening and discussion of “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”

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Speaker Leslie Gregory, PA-C and executive director of Right to Health Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue Kennedy School – Gymnasium | Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event | Free | All ages welcome Gregory, a Certified Physician Assistant, received her degree from the Medical College of Ohio. Previously, she worked in emergency medicine and fitness consulting. …

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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.   Share this, please:

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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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Earl Blumenauer Q&A on Medicare’s end-of-life discussions, Sarah Palin and ‘death panels’

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Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer won a big victory this week when Medicare officials said they plan to reimburse doctors for talking with seniors about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Democratic lawmaker first brought this concept to Congress and was working without controversy to include the provisions in the new federal health care legislation six years ago — until former …

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