CSL Behring Solicits Proposals for LEAD Grants to Support Patient Advocacy Efforts
CSL Behring, a global leader in the plasma-protein biotherapeutics industry, is calling for grant requests through its Local Empowerment for Advocacy Development (LEAD) program. The LEAD program awards funds to United States patient organizations that assist people with rare diseases in advocating for continued access to health care and life-saving plasma protein therapies.
Major Revamp of Medical Payments Sparks Debate
from Boston Herald
Hospital presidents, medical doctors and patient advocates crowded into a State House hearing room yesterday to sound off on the stateís ambitious "global payment" plan to curb health-care costs.
Advocacy--How Far Would You Go?
The Sept. 30th episode of the NBC show Mercy was centered on patient advocacy. Each of the three main characters had to advocate for their patients in a rather dramatic way. Yes, it was dramatic because it was television, but it left me wondering how far "real life" nurses have gone to advocate for their patients. Nurses say they are patient advocates, but what does that really mean in the daily functions of the profession?
SHCA Online Education Presents:
Improving the Patient & Family Experience, Part II: Becoming a Change Agent
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
1:00 p.m. CST
Patient Advocates often work primarily on putting out fires, while simultaneously wishing our organizations were more patient-centered. In this webinar participants will learn to go beyond wishing and hoping, and become change agents in their own organizations. They will discuss ways patient advocates can apply these concepts to drive change and become an internal consultant.
To learn more, click here and register today.
Answer the Call for Board Candidates
SHCA Election Submission Deadline: October 23, 2009
This is an exciting time to be a member of SHCA! Serving on the national Board of Directors positions you to give back to your healthcare community and promises you significant professional development.
Please visit the leadership opportunity page of the SHCA website to download the forms to either nominate yourself or a colleague.
There are at least two (2) board positions open, each a 2-year term, that will expire on April 30, 2012.
All candidate interest information is due to SHCA by Friday, October 23, 2009 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the SHCA Board or staff.
Joint Taskforce Warns of Oregon Nursing Home Insurance Abuses
State and federal authorities are asking Oregon care facilities to monitor and report inappropriate behavior by agents attempting to sell Medicare insurance to some of the state's poorest and sickest residents.
Hospice in Nursing Homes Can Provide High Quality End-of-life Care and Other Benefits: Study
from The Medical News
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Policy have published a review article of hospice care in the nursing home and found a number of benefits indicating that greater availability of hospice holds promise in the nursing home setting.
Baucus Healthcare Bill Would Lower the Deficit, Analysts Say
from Los Angeles Times
Senate Democrats pushing health care legislation recently received a boost from congressional budget experts, who estimated that a bill being debated by the Senate Finance Committee would substantially expand coverage and lower the federal deficit.More
Rural Hospitals Worry Reforms Won't Be Helpful
from The Eastern Echo
The Peach County Regional Medical Center, a small, Cold War-era hospital in Fort Valley, Ga., 40 miles from the nearest trauma center in Macon, is in critical condition.
SHCA Online Education Presents:
Cultural Psychosocial Aspects of Family Members in a Crisis Situation
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
1:00 p.m. CST
A critical illness or a sudden death may create a crisis for the family. They find themselves facing a threat of loss or in a situation of devastating loss. It is a time of great stress and requires those involved to have effective strategies to help the family. One will see a wide range of behaviors and emotions displayed and depending on the personalities involved and the cultural value systems that come into play.
Physical symptoms also present challenges to manage. The actions of the person involved in addressing the needs of the family at this vulnerable time carries enormous responsibility. Non effective communication and situation management can have lasting consequences to the family.
To learn more and register, click here.
Health Care Issues: End-of-life Decisions
from The Associated Press
THE ISSUE: Would proposed health care legislation pay for counseling that might encourage elderly people to end their lives sooner than they might otherwise do?
State Hospital Association Backs Health Reform
The Florida Hospital Association (FHA) supports health care reform, and particularly, expanded coverage for the four million uninsured who reside in Florida.
AHA Launches FREE Audio Conference Series on Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence
As part of Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the American Hospital Associationís initiative to accelerate performance improvement in hospitals and health systems, the AHA has launched a new audioconference series that will highlight the leading strategies and innovations in performance improvement that are being championed today in America's hospitals and health systems. This series of monthly programs, entitled Profiles in Excellence, provides an opportunity to learn about some of the newest and most innovative practices that are driving performance excellence in high-performing hospitals and health systems. From the front lines of patient care to the executive suite, participants will hear directly from innovators and improvers who are driving performance excellence and making improvement happen. The AHA is pleased to provide this series on a complimentary basis to members of At Large.
The series kicks off this fall with a pair of audioconferences that feature the recipients of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize ®, which honors hospitals and health systems that have committed in a systematic manner to achieving the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
2009 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize finalist Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; and Citation of Merit recipient Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
Each program will include a presentation about the organization's award-winning initiatives from key executives and leaders, as well as a question-and-answer session. More information on these organizations can be found by visiting the AHA honorees Web site.
To register for these complimentary audioconferences, click here to complete a brief online registration form. If you should have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.