Care Coordination — Creating the Network

Seeing multiple doctors for one ailment can be overwhelming, especially for the chronically ill — but for many patients it is necessary. The communication between healthcare entities is fundamental in treating patients, yet frequently does not happen. As patients are referred to more specialists for treatment, they should become familiar with “care coordination”. Care coordination is the organization of health services between

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What is Chronic Pain? … And How Should I Treat It?

What is Chronic Pain? According to the American Chronic Pain Association, Chronic Pain can be described as ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury.¹ Approximately 76.2 million Americans have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours. Unfortunately, a notable risk factor for the development of chronic pain is age. A study

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Allergies, Asthma, and Where Does the HME Provider Fit In?

It’s official — pollen season has begun across the U.S.! The trees have started to bloom, the flowers have begun to blossom, and if you have allergies, you probably have a love/hate relationship with spring. The beautiful weather tempts you to go outside, but once you’re out there, you’re sniffling, sneezing, wheezing and have red, itchy eyes, right? You may not know that

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Celebrate World Health Day! Check your Blood Pressure

Hypertension is the most important preventable cause of heart disease and stroke worldwide. – World Health Organization April 7th is World Health Day. Celebrate by staying on top of your blood pressure. Blood pressure management is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, is a condition in which

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Making Winter Easier for People Who Have Asthma

As winter weather finally rolls in after a long, hot summer, healthcare professionals see more colds and flu too. Winter’s dry, cold air can bring about a very stressful time of year for children and adults with asthma. A simple cold virus can trigger an asthma episode because when you suffer from asthma, your lungs are already irritable and more reactive to

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Men’s Health Tips for an Active Retirement

So you’ve finally made it to retirement — congratulations! You’re moving into a new season of life, one where you no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn to drive or take the train to work. You can celebrate not having to endure those tedious meetings or make small talk at the water cooler! As author Scott

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Aging with Grace: There’s No Shame in Asking for a Hand

It’s a simple fact of aging gracefully.  While we all want to live healthy and fulfilling lives, with age we lose some of our reflexes, balance and the ability to recover quickly from an injury.  Part of living independently as we get older comes with getting more comfortable in asking for a hand from time to time. Don’t worry –

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Graham-Field Celebrates the Mighty Pediatric Nurse

It takes a special kind of person to be a pediatric nurse! Specializing in pediatrics requires patience, devotion, and passion, all of which play a vital role in caring for children from infancy through the late teen years. Nurses with a calling to this field go through advanced training to able to understand the needs of a child and communicate effectively

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DME Providers: We Support Your Labor of Love

As we navigate the third quarter of the year, the HME industry continues to be battered by programs and policies set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  We’re all drowning in not just Competitive Bidding, but also in swelling numbers of audits. Unending audits continue to put a financial strain on many home medical equipment providers and make it very difficult for

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Aging Solo: A Growing Retirement Trend with Opportunities for Support

As the silver tsunami of Baby Boomers hits retirement age, more and more of them are aging in place without a significant other or children to assist with their needs or care. The Washington Post reports, “Indeed, 25 million men and women — a whopping one-third of all 75 million baby boomers turning 52 to 70 this year — are doing

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