Monthly Archives: April 2012

Controlling cost

Last year when discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was going hot and heavy one piece of information that was absent from the discussion was input from physicians on how to control the cost of medicine.  At … Continue reading

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Want to be skinny? Eat chocolate!

A recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine states that adults who consumed chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI than those who consumed chocolate less frequently and chocolate may have some beneficial metabolic properties despite its sugar and … Continue reading

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GVMH Staff Member recipient of 2012 MAHC Professional Caregiver Award

Laura Mendenhall, PT at home health, has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the Missouri Alliance for HOME CARE Professional Caregiver Award.  Laura will be honored at a banquet at Tan-Tar-A Resort in late April. Congratulations to Laura.  I’m … Continue reading

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Is defensive medicine a problem? It MIGHT or MAY not be…

A recent study showed that 58% of responding physicians reported that they have, in the past year, ordered a test or procedure for defensive medicine reasons. There is a prevalent argument in the health care industry that defensive medicine drives … Continue reading

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If you think funding for Medicaid is hard to come by now…

Did you know that there is a proposal in front of the Missouri Senate suggesting that Missouri secede from the Union.  SJR 45 is a measure introduced earlier this year by Senator Brian Nieves.  The proposed constitutional amendment is titled “Prohibits Missouri … Continue reading

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Sometimes, its what you say

Words are important and when communicating with patients what we say sets the tone for the patients expectation of care.  Here’s some information I received in an email from one of our Studer Coaches, Regina Shupe. I have also found … Continue reading

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Scary – people die in hospitals

I recently read the following in an article about hospital care: Statistically speaking hospitals are just about the most dangerous places to be in the United States. Three times as many people die every year due to medical errors in … Continue reading

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