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October 2009 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Clean the Medicare House, Bring Health Reform Home
October 30, 2009 11:24 AM by Nancy Malaga
A recent segment on CBS’ 60 Minutes posed an interesting solution for how to pay for health reform: eliminate Medicare fraud. Sounds like a good idea. According to the expose, Medicare fraud is a $70 billion a year scam. Times that number by 10, and the Read More...
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Prescription Drugs: A ‘Perfect Storm' That Almost Became a Killer
October 29, 2009 3:10 PM by Valerie Newitt
My mother, despite her 92 years of age, maintains the mind of a brilliant, life-loving 30-year-old. Unfortunately, her physical self never sipped from the fountain of youth. Her sight has dimmed, her mobility is nil, and she's done battle with cancer, Read More...
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Flu-id Thinking: Do Your Part to Educate
October 26, 2009 5:48 PM by Valerie Newitt
A friend called me the other day and read an H1N1 memo that had been distributed to the approximately 120 employees at her Southeastern Pennsylvania office. It read: Workers are expected to be at their work stations. If you have been exposed to H1N1, Read More...
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Actually, That's Not Privileged Information
October 26, 2009 4:44 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Know anyone -- maybe a patient or a family member -- who's taking an antidepressant to help with sleep, a relatively common off-label treatment prescribed by physicians for menopausal women? Or anyone who takes low-dose statin cholesterol-lowering drugs Read More...
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Move Over Wonderbra, Now We Have Shoes to Shape Our Legs
October 14, 2009 3:44 PM by Valerie Newitt
Do shoes that promise to shape you up really do the trick? Are these claims evidence-based? Hey, inquiring minds want to know, especially when one is attached to a pair of legs happy for any help they can get! The lure of shoes capable of firming calf Read More...
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Advocacy--How far would you go?
October 1, 2009 3:55 PM by Luke Cowles
The September 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 Read More...
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Who Are the Real Victims of the Winkler County Case?
October 1, 2009 11:00 AM by Amy McGuire
At some point in our lives we'll all want a personal patient safety advocate to stand up for us when we're not receiving the care we need. As nurses, this job often falls in your lap. In fact, you're mandated by your boards of nursing to report substandard Read More...
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