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Healthcare fraud and blowing the whistle
Keith Carlson
We've all heard the news before; healthcare fraud — especially Medicare and insurance fraud — is more common than we think. Fraud occurs in home health, hospitals, physician offices, and other facilities. Healthcare professionals who find themselves potentially entangled in a fraudulent situation should immediately report the suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


Vote ANA leaders to '100 Most Influential' list
In a great start to the week, Pam Cipriano and Marla Weston have both made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Starting today, you can vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."

We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession. Voting closes Friday, June 26. Later this week, we’ll provide more resources to assist you in spreading the word and “getting out the vote.” Thanks!

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (ANA Massachusetts Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The September 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 110,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
Deadline date for submission is July 10
Your contribution can be sent to newsletter@ANAMass.org
or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186

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Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015.
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SAVE THE DATE!
ANA Massachusetts Summer Event
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Danversport Yacht Club
Keynote: Sue R. Levy, Savory Living
MAKE HEALTHY EATING HAPPEN IN 2015!

Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Urgent care centers proliferate as popularity of retail health heats up
FierceHealthcare
The rise of retail health has proven to be a major disruptor in the healthcare industry, and recent reports indicate that its power will not dissipate anytime soon. For instance, the urgent care industry is booming in Texas, the San Antonio Express-News reports. More than 500 of the country's 6,400 or so urgent care centers are in the Lone Star State, possibly due to Texas' population growth and its residents' limited access to primary care. Nationwide, about 500 new urgent care centers open every year, according to the article.
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Educating stroke survivors helps them spot another stroke faster
HealthDay News
Stroke survivors who receive extensive stroke education are much more likely to recognize symptoms of another stroke and seek immediate treatment, a new study shows. The research included nearly 1,200 Hispanic, black and white survivors of mild stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Their average age was 63. They all received culturally tailored educational material about recognizing and reacting to stroke symptoms.
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Communicating and managing the difficult airway
Anesthesiology News
Patients designated as "difficult to intubate" are more at risk for losing their lives during both emergency and routine surgeries. Surprisingly, it is not the difficult airway itself that is most life-threatening; modern medical technology allows physicians to intubate even the most difficult of cases. Deadly mistakes often occur in the process of identifying, communicating and managing the existence of the difficult airway, especially among numerous providers.
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A sea change in treating heart attacks
The New York Times
From 2003 to 2013, the death rate from coronary heart disease has fallen about 38 percent, according to the American Heart Association citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the primary federal agency that funds heart research, says this decline has been spurred by better control of cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced smoking rates, improved medical treatments — and faster care of people in the throes of a heart attack. And care has improved not just in elite medical centers, but in local hospitals, even among poor populations.
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Study: Best practices for the primary care practice
By Christina Thielst
The healthcare delivery system and payment models are changing. Much more emphasis is being placed on preventative care, engaging patients and their family caregivers as members of the care team, and improving satisfaction and outcomes. A recent analysis of commercial insurance data provides some hints at what primary care practices (as well as some specialty or multispecialty practices) can do to improve their performance and bottom line.
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Better primary care needed to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients
The Medical News
Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments, researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED visits.
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Study: Organ-rejection drugs may help prevent Alzheimer's disease
By Chelsea Adams
The calcineurin inhibitors that organ transplant patients take to prevent rejection may also work to prevent Alzheimer's disease. A new study examined the rate of Alzheimer's disease among 2,600 organ transplant patients. Results were compared with a 2014 national dataset from the Alzheimer's Association. Regardless of patients' age or which calcinerurin inhibitor they took, the organ recipients were far less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than the general public.
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