• Kidney disease and the American kidney initiative

    posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019

    The kidneys play an important role in bodily function by removing wastes and toxins, balancing fluids, stimulating red blood cell production, and releasing hormones. When the kidneys don't function properly, waste can build up in the body leading to kidney damage and even complete kidney failure. Treatment for the disease includes dialysis, and in some cases, the need for a kidney transplant.

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  • HEDIS, Star Measures & Nutrition

    posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Most plans measure effectiveness and clinical quality, at least in part, through the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS. HEDIS reports have become a major component of quality rating systems that measure the clinical quality performance of health plans by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states offering Medicaid, and other entities.

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  • SDOH and readmission rates

    posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Unplanned hospital readmissions in the U.S. cost between $15 and $20 billion annually. Common causes for readmission include premature discharge, infections, complexities from having multiple chronic conditions, and taking high-risk medications. But there are several harder to identify social risk factors including financial security, access to food, housing and employment, commonly known as Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), that drive up hospital readmissions.

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  • Tackling America's rising maternal mortality rate

    posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019

    American women are more likely to die due to complications related to childbirth than women in some undeveloped countries, including Afghanistan.

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  • Preserving dignity and independence

    posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    When it comes to caring for aging family and friends, many of us, understandably, focus on securing the right healthcare and appropriate housing to ensure they're well cared for and safe. Unfortunately, in the rush to make these decisions, it's too easy to overlook the ongoing need to preserve dignity and independence.

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