Peter Tourian, Founder and CEO SYNERGY HomeCare
When it comes to care of non medical and medical services, the safety of the client is of very high importance. As it happens, this week is Patient Safety Awareness week, sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Some of the safety concerns of the NPSF are: improper dosing of medication, infections acquired during medical care, falls, hospital readmissions, and diagnostic errors (which often occur due to miscommunication).
The costliest 1% of patients consume one-fifth of all health care spending in the U.S., according to federal data. Health systems are trying to reduce the imbalance.
In the latest effort to enlist seniors in the fight against Medicare fraud, federal officials have overhauled Medicare billing statements to make it easier to find bogus charges without a magnifying glass.
Chronic stress can impair executive functions, such as memory and attention, and has been shown to trigger maladaptive changes associated with stress-related mental disorders.
In a globalized economy, the countries that pay the most and offer the greatest chance for advancement tend to get the top talent. The United States, with its high salaries and technological innovation, is also the world's most powerful magnet for doctors, attracting more every year than Britain, Canada and Australia " the next most popular destinations for migrating doctors " combined.
A colleague of mine recently came to me with a story that I hear frequently. After receiving a call from his mother's assisted living facility, informing him that she had fallen, he decided that she needed more assistance at her apartment. Not knowing where to turn for help, he explored various options within the health care arena. After experiencing several bad fits and one incompetent caregiver, he finally found the care his mother needed.