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Preventing Respiratory Tract Infections in Healthcare Facilities

Posted on: August 17, 2017 by Chris Murray

As the summer comes closer to an end and the days slowly grow colder and shorter as we enter autumn and prepare for winter, it’s time to start thinking about common infections and how they can be prevented. Respiratory tract infections, which include diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, asthma, the common cold and […] Read More

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WCRI Report Finds Reduction in Opioid-Connected Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: August 8, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has been making headlines for causing a high number of opiate-related overdoses and vastly increasing the numbers of people who are addicted to synthetic opiates. Many have pointed to workers’ compensation in particular as a root cause of the epidemic; medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin have been […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Facilities

Posted on: July 27, 2017 by Chris Murray

As technology has continued to advance, the artificial intelligence previously only seen in science fiction has started to become more commonplace in business and everyday life. Items such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Echo, and Tesla’s Autopilot feature have rapidly grown in popularity and are not uncommon to see in everyday life. The business world is […] Read More

Posted in: blog Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Home Health Care

How Repealing the Affordable Care Act Could Impact Jobs in Healthcare

Posted on: July 25, 2017 by Chris Murray

Today, Senate will be voting on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or repeal and replace it with the GOP’s replacement, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. If the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as Obamacare) is repealed, federal funding for healthcare (particularly Medicaid) would be drastically reduced, which will impact the level of […] Read More

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Summer Fire Safety for Nursing Homes

Posted on: July 20, 2017 by Chris Murray

Though the summertime is hurricane season for many parts of the world, areas with drier climates have another weather concern: fires. Nearly 5,000 fires take place each day during the summer, and there are a wide variety of factors that can lead to a fire. From a hot, dry climate to overheating electrical devices, dust […] Read More

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Vermont First Responders Gain Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Issues

Posted on: July 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In an unprecedented decision, a recent piece of legislation from the state of Vermont has granted the state’s first responders with workers’ compensation coverage for mental health issues and illnesses incurred as a result of work. The law, which entered effect on July 1st, overturned an earlier Vermont Supreme Court ruling that previously prohibited first […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

The Importance of Network Security for Health Care Facilities

Posted on: July 6, 2017 by Chris Murray

Multiple large-scale cyber attacks in recent months have affected businesses and individuals worldwide and left people on edge about potential future threats. May 2017’s WannaCry attack in particular has had an impact on healthcare facilities; the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals were hit by the ransomware and an estimated 70,000 devices were affected. This […] Read More

Posted in: blog Cyber Liability Healthcare Healthcare Facilities

Long-Term Care Facilities: Preparing for Hurricane Season

Posted on: June 27, 2017 by Chris Murray

June is the beginning of hurricane season for the East Coast, which runs to the end of November. Predictions this year are for an above-active season in the Atlantic: the Colorado State University expects 14 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes this season; the NOAA expects 11 to 17 named storms this season, […] Read More

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Social Media Training for Senior Living Staff – Part II

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by Chris Murray

Senior living staff use social media both at home and work – whether it’s to blog, connect with individuals via Facebook, share photos on Instagram or Snapchat, make job connections on LinkedIn, or upload videos on YouTube. As we mentioned in our previous article, there are many benefits in communication and sharing healthcare information through […] Read More

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Creating a Strong Social Media Policy for Senior Living Facilities – Part I

Posted on: June 20, 2017 by Chris Murray

Social media and other web-based tools have provided many industries, including the senior living sector, with additional methods of communication and information sharing. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others can be used to effectively improve healthcare but they also present potential risks to residents, employees and providers and can result in the distribution […] Read More

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