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5 Challenges When Entering into a CIA: A Quick Guide

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A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to improve the quality of health care and to promote compliance with regulations. CIAs combat fraud committed by health care organizations and are issued when a health care organization acknowledges improper or fraudulent actions.

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Top Five Ways to Improve Your Advance Care Planning Conversation Skills

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You’ve probably noticed that advance care planning (ACP) conversations are gaining attention as an important intervention in healthcare. Why? Most importantly, good ACP conversations help people get the kind of care at the end of life that is consistent with their personal goals and wishes. In addition, studies show that advance care planning conversations improve multiple outcomes including...

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February is All About the Heart

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While February brings to mind flowers and candy for Valentine's Day, healthcare professionals know there is a bigger focus. During American Heart Month, we shine the spotlight on heart health. The burdens and risk factors of heart disease remain alarmingly high.

 

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Advance Care Planning

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Mr. Bill, is a vibrant 85 year-old who loves his family, his yard, an end-of-day beverage, and his independence. A proud survivor of the great depression and WWII, he can grow anything, build anything, fix anything. Mr. Bill has a living will and strong opinions on “not being kept alive by machines.” When Mr. Bill suffers a catastrophic event, his living will provides clear direction for his...

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15 Behavioral Interview Questions for Nurse Candidates

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Hiring new employees is always a challenge, even when there is a plethora of seemingly qualified candidates from which to choose. Hiring new employees for roles in which turnover is typically high is an even bigger challenge. And when the pool of candidates is small, the challenge grows bigger still. Human resources managers at healthcare organizations that hire nurses are very familiar with...

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Understanding Hospice

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Rebecca's Story: Rebecca lived alone in a small cabin, tucked away in a remote mountain-top range, sharing her home for over 50 years with her husband until he died. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking, resting when she got overtired from caring for her home and herself. She had no children, and her nearest neighbor checked on her once a week and took her to church.

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Cultural Competency in Healthcare

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Did you know that 18 percent of the U.S. population speaks a language other than English at home? The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2042 there will be no single ethnic or racial majority in the United States. By 2060, the Hispanic population is expected to more than double, the Asian population will double, the African American population will grow by more than 47 percent, and...

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4 Trends Healthcare Executives Need to Know to Stay Competitive

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Healthcare executives face new and growing challenges around value-based care, finances, employee burnout, and staffing shortages.

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Will ACO Evolution Mimic How Health Plans Evolved?

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The health plans’ networks (and the associated payment models) offered today have evolved over time. In recent history, the traditional indemnity plans have given way to managed care to corral costs and provide some higher degree of provider accountability to slow cost growth and improve care.  Patients, however, were not fans of the managed care model; some patients saw it as rationing care...

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The Power of Words: A Primer on Non-Stigmatizing Suicide Terms

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A quick Google search using the words “committed suicide” pulls up countless links to newspaper headlines that practically shout this phrase with their bolded typeface, indelibly stamping it into our society’s lexicon. So if it is standard speak to use this phrase in our society, can there really be anything wrong with it? Unequivocally, yes.

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