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ExceptionalLives: Resource for Parents or Caregivers of Children or Adult Family Members with DisabilitiesWednesday, August 17th, 2016
ExceptionalLives is a great resource for parents of children or adult family members with disabilities. There are new versions of their free online Guides for parents of children or adults with disabilities. The How-to Guides were developed to help parents through many complex processes like creating a specialized education plan, getting SSI benefits, or optimizing health insurance. The software compiles the right mix of information based on answers to questions about your family, so you only get what you need. The improved ease-of-use and new features were driven by parent feedback. We invite you to explore this site.
The National Blood Clot Alliance has created an educational campaign to help prevent blood clots during hospitalization.
The campaign includes:
- “A downloadable list of risk factors for blood clots
- A short video about how hospitalization can put you at risk for a blood clot
- A prevention plan checklist
- A campaign infographic
- Additional information to help people learn more about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention before they enter the hospital”
Learn more by visiting the campaign website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/b90c
From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:
“If you’ve been watching the Olympics over the past week, you may have noticed some of the competing athletes are sporting more than medals. Spectators are noticing the red, circular marks on the skin of athletes. This is a result of a technique called cupping. Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years but has received recent attention in the media due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief. The cups used in cupping are typically made of bamboo, glass, or earthenware.”
Find reliable information on cupping: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gsr7
MyPlate, MyState is the newest component of MyPlate, MyWins and leverages the prime growing and farmers market seasons. MyPlate, MyState asks the questions: What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style?
Foods and flavors from every state and territory in this nation can help us all create lasting healthy eating styles we can enjoy. Healthy eating styles are not rigid plans, but rather ones that can be adapted to include foods that you enjoy that meet your personal and cultural preferences and fit within your budget. The key is finding styles that fit your everyday life, and to make small changes that can add up to big success over time. MyPlate’s building blocks for healthy eating are a great place to start.
Learn more at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/eath
The redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is available. While the look has dramatically changed, the contents of this site have been maintained.
Some of these key new features of the site are:
- Mobile and tablet: NGC is now optimized for viewing on mobile and tablet devices of any size. Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques will provide a better viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop and laptop computers, to tablets and mobile phones.
- Updated search: Searching NGC is now a more streamlined experience. Filters can now be found on the left side of the search results page to narrow results.
- Browsing by topic and organization: Find guidelines via a new Browse by Clinical Specialty page and an easier to use Browse by Organization page.
- Redesigned compare feature: It is now easier to compare guidelines. Select which aspects you want to compare and generate a page that fits your needs. Learn more about the Compare Tool
- Reorganized About & Help section: An easier way to learn how to use the site.
Check out the new and improved NGC at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kk9b.
Did You Know? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers a wide range of free continuing education on Improving Patient-Centered Care. This is part of AHRQ’s effort to produce research and evidence, along with tools and training materials, that help health care providers use current evidence in practice. The web-based continuing education is for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others, via article and on-demand webinars. A list of available topics is here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/5mb9
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries. From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014), every dollar invested in CMS’ Medicare program integrity efforts saved $12.40 for the Medicare program. The report highlights CMS’s significant achievements in reducing potentially fraudulent and improper payments. Total savings from program integrity efforts were nearly $42 billion over the two-year period covered by the report. This equates to an average savings of $12.40 for each dollar spent on Medicare program integrity alone. These savings represent funds that remain available to provide needed health care to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries nationwide and reflect the increasing success of CMS’ efforts to proactively prevent improper payments. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2alUlmi