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AHCJ webinar will address how payers, providers are implementing bundled payment

AHCJ webinar will address how payers, providers are implementing bundled payment

Diabetes Miracle! Late last month we wrote about criticism leveled at the federal government’s latest bundled payment proposal. Since then, other experts have come forward to criticize not only the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) proposal announced last month, but also the Bundled Payments for Care Initiative (BPCI) program that began in April 2013….

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GPF: What Type Of Emotional-Style Do You Have When You Compete? [465]

GPF: What Type Of Emotional-Style Do You Have When You Compete? [465]

Diabetes Miracle! It’s time for “Guest Post Friday!” On Fridays, I feature tips from other individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. All of the other posts on this site are my thoughts, so I like to share different perspectives (especially so that you don’t get too tired of my ramblings). Here’s a snippet…

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Exploring ‘preventable harm’ and making it accessible to readers

Exploring ‘preventable harm’ and making it accessible to readers

Diabetes Miracle! Sarah Kliff Vox’s Sarah Kliff, who has an AHCJ Reporting Fellowship on Health Care Performance, is writing a series about fatal, preventable medical errors. Not the inevitable tragic things that can happen to a patient – but the ones that we know how to avoid, the lives that should not be at risk. …

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Does hospice use alone reflect quality end-of-life care?

Does hospice use alone reflect quality end-of-life care?

Diabetes Miracle! Image by Steve Harwood via flickr. Hospice use is a common indicator of quality end-of-life care. The timing of hospice enrollment is an important component of that care, and a recent study finds wide variations among states. Researchers from Yale University compared 2011 hospice use data on a state-by-state basis of 660,000 Medicare…

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A Quick Drill: What Habits Help You? [464]

A Quick Drill: What Habits Help You? [464]

Diabetes Miracle! You know how some days just go better than others? Like some weeks you may on a roll, and others it’s like you just can’t get your shit together? You may get overwhelmed with all that you “should” be doing or want to be doing to improve. These days you may feel like you…

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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Diabetes Miracle!   If it’s late summer or early fall, chances are you’re gonna be eating some eggplant. The peak season for eggplant is between July and October. But really, you can find them year-round at practically any grocery store.     One of the tastiest dishes you can make, of course, is eggplant parmesan!…

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Look at how health quality measures have become a jungle

Look at how health quality measures have become a jungle

Diabetes Miracle! “Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Tower of Babel (Vienna) – Google Art Project – edited.” Licensed under Public Domain.Some experts view the burgeoning number of quality measures as health care’s Tower of Babel. Quality measures are good, right? We all want our doctors and hospitals to follow best practices and be held…

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Dementia training standards vary widely throughout U.S.

Dementia training standards vary widely throughout U.S.

Diabetes Miracle! Photo: BBC Radio 4 via Flickr A new survey of state laws around dementia training reveals a patchwork of requirements and standards across settings, professional licensure and personnel. It found that existing laws and training are not keeping up with the growing needs of people who are cognitively impaired. The survey and accompanying…

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Greater transparency is resulting in fewer ‘positive’ findings in clinical trials

Greater transparency is resulting in fewer ‘positive’ findings in clinical trials

Diabetes Miracle! FreeImages.com/Cristian Bender If it seems the newest studies are always reporting some new link – an association between two things or an increase or decrease in this, that or the other – it’s not your imagination. Positive findings, those which find … “something,” tend to end up in journals more often. But a…

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Top 4 Ways To Improve Your Coaching [463]

Top 4 Ways To Improve Your Coaching [463]

Diabetes Miracle! These tips are helpful whether you’re trying to influence your kids, or you’re coaching a class. I know that these reminders have helped me over my 10+ years of fitness coaching. You can know more than anyone about a specific topic, but if you can’t follow these tips, you may never really make an…

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