The Future of Healthcare

19 June 2013 Categories: Latest News

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Clint Christianson, the President/CEO of Mercy Medical Center – Centerville, and ask what healthcare will look like in the future. The following is a summary of my conversation with Clint.
We (Mercy Medical Center – Centerville) are experiencing the biggest transformation in healthcare in the history of the country and in the history of our hospital. Over the past year we have formed new partnerships within our own walls and among our staff that helps position us for the coming transformation.
Although we don’t know exactly what healthcare will look like, we do know this- the goal of healthcare reform is what is called the TRIPLE AIM – three areas that all hospitals will be working towards.
Better care for Individuals – We will be accountable for Improving the Quality of Care. This involves measuring the patient’s experience, how well we coordinate their care, how well we keep them safe, how well we keep them healthy, how well we work with at risk populations and the elderly. Once this is measured, we will be paid for care based on our success, not the volume of care we provide.
Better Health for Populations – We will be expected to measure and change the health of population groups, whether it is by geographic location, gender, medical condition, and the list goes on. We will need to impact the larger health issues affecting our community’s health.
Lower total costs of care – Through health reform initiatives, we will be expected to lower the costs of care while at the same time demonstrating improvement in clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
With these challenges facing us, it’s important that we all understand what lies ahead. Right now, we have positioned ourselves as a very strong organization – our financial indicators have never looked better. The decisions we’ve made over the past few years have made a positive impact on our future. We will continue to stay ahead of where we need to be so that Mercy-Centerville remains the viable rural hospital in our region.
But we will look different than we do today. We will see less people being admitted to the hospital, more people receiving home care. We will see health coaches working with physicians and their patients to manage chronic health problems but to prevent those conditions from occurring in the first place. We will see better coordination between physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes anyone who provides care to patients to make sure people are receiving the right care in the right setting.
And we will be judged – compared with our peers for who has the highest quality, the most satisfied patients, the safest environment and the most economical pricing. Our patients will be better informed and able to make healthcare decisions for themselves rather than rely on only what the doctors or nurses tell them to do.
-Kris Laurson
Appanoose Community
Care Services

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Many Seniors at Risk for Hunger

31 January 2013 Categories: Latest News

Nearly 9 million older adults are at risk of hunger — but the depth of senior hunger in America is not widely understood. Why?
First, this is a problem often hiding right in front of us. Older adults who are hungry don’t walk around with a big red H on their shirts. Many are too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help — or even to acknowledge that they need it.
Second, many people underestimate the day-to-day struggles of those who are age 65 and over, their struggles to make ends meet and have a decent quality of life. It’s easy to imagine that Social Security and Medicare provide sufficient protection against a problem as basic as hunger. Yet the average Social Security benefit is just over $1,200 a month — and a majority of seniors today rely on Social Security as their largest source of income.
Third, for all the attention on the severe economic downturn that hit our country, we don’t always appreciate how tough conditions have been for older workers. The problem of senior hunger in America has deepened as the status of older adults in the job market has worsened: The unemployment rate for Americans 50-plus has doubled in just the past four years — and people 55-plus who lose their jobs are out of work for an average of an entire year.
In just two years, from 2007 to 2009, there was an increase of almost 40 percent in the number of Americans ages 50-59 at risk of hunger.
Widespread economic suffering has changed the face of hunger in America. It ought to change our thinking about hunger as well.*
At Appanoose Community Care Services we strive to help people understand senior hunger issues and let everyone know that a nutritious meal is available to Centerville residents through our Meals on Wheels program. If you know of anyone, or you yourself need a nutritious meal delivered to you, please contact our office and we will be glad to help in any way we can. Call Appanoose Community Care Services at (641) 437-3474.

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New GoSafe Lifelines Comming Soon

08 January 2013 Categories: Latest News

January 08, 2012
Philips Lifeline debuts GoSafe at Consumer Electronics Show, bringing mobile innovation to Personal Emergency Response system technology.
Las Vegas, Nev., U.S.A. – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Philips Lifeline (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) announces GoSafe, a new mobile personal emergency response system (PERs), designed to help seniors get more out of life. Philips’ latest innovation provides a unique combination of fall detection capabilities along with a suite of locating technologies and 2-way cellular voice communication to help provide users the confidence to continue to do the activities they enjoy knowing they have access to help if they need it.
Building on Lifeline’s more than 38 years of experience of empowering seniors, GoSafe incorporates many of Philips Lifeline’s trusted features and expands PERs functionality beyond the home, providing users access to the Philips Lifeline Response Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
“Lifeline’s legacy is built around helping seniors age with grace and independence,” said Rob Goudswaard, Senior Director of Product and Service Programs for Philips Home Monitoring. “Our intention is that GoSafe will provide users with the confidence to get back to activities or go to places they have scaled back on, knowing that help is easily accessible.”
Philips Lifeline is redefining the PERs category and changing the way people think about aging. GoSafe provides a number of advantages, including:
• Widely adopted AutoAlert fall detection capabilities that can automatically detect a fall and place a call for help if it detects a fall and the user is unable to push the GoSafe button
• 2-way cellular voice communication
• Use of up to seven user-locating technologies designed to help identify the user’s location in a variety of situations
• A single, attractive, easy to wear, waterproof button. The same button is all you need to access help while in your home or on the go
• A power-efficient design that allows for up to 7 days between charges, and a senior-friendly charging cradle that lets the GoSafe help button be worn even while charging
• System pairing with an in-home communicator to maximize performance, redundancy and reliability.
• Offered by Philips Lifeline, an FDA registered medical device manufacturer

Similar to the existing Lifeline service, users wear the GoSafe button around their neck as a pendant at all times, both inside and outside the home. In the event of an emergency, the user can push the button to initiate a help call to the Lifeline Response Center or, if a fall is detected, the AutoAlert feature can automatically place the call to the Lifeline Response Center without the need of the user pushing the button.
“Caregivers often worry about their parents leaving their homes as they age,” Goudswaard added. “GoSafe will give caregivers peace of mind and help them worry less about their loved ones staying safe during every day activities; and seniors the courage to continue to live their lives independently.”
GoSafe will be on display at Consumer Electronics Show in booth #26722.

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CarePartners Mobile

17 December 2012 Categories: Latest News

Introducing a Free mobile app that helps busy caregivers track what everyone’s doing, and when. Helping a home-bound patient’s family organize care, especially when there are multiple family caregivers, volunteer organizations, jobs, and schedules to work around, is no easy task. You can help them do a better job, with less toll on everyone, by recommending they look into CarePartners Mobile, a free tool from Philips Lifeline. CarePartners Mobile helps them handle all the coordination without the continual back-and-forth of phone calls and emails they currently face.

Right on their smartphones, the family can:
• See at a glance who’s doing what, and which tasks still need volunteers
• Move the tasks they’re responsible for into their calendars and set reminders
• Keep track of their loved one’s medical appointments, expenses, and errands
• Organize grocery shopping and meal prep, housework, other volunteers, visits, and more!

Help make coordinating care easier and less stressful for by telling family caregivers about CarePartners Mobile for iPhone or Android devices.

Downloading CarePartners Mobile The CarePartners Mobile app is a free download on Google Play and iTunes. To download it, all you will need to do is:
1. Turn on your device and tap the “Google Play” app if you are using an Android device, or the “iTunes” app if you are using an iPhone
2. Search for “CarePartners Mobile”
3. Select “CarePartners Mobile” from the app search results
4. Click the “install” button.

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Older Americans Month!

10 April 2012 Categories: Latest News

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community.
The theme for Older Americans Month 2012-Never Too Old to Play!-puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways. This year’s celebrations will recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities.
As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, many communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults-many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shaped their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots.
While Appanoose Community Care Services provides services, support, and resources to older Americans year round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation for some of our most beloved citizens. We have many reasons to celebrate them!

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New Lifeline AutoAlert System

01 November 2011 Categories: Latest News

Lifeline recently launched a new service option – Philips Lifeline with AutoAlert. Appanoose Community Care Services is trying to decide if this would be a service that we should offer to our subscribers in Appanoose County.

The Lifeline Medical Alert Service has always offered prompt help at the push of a button. The latest innovation, Lifeline with AutoAlert, calls for help if a fall is detected even if an older adult can’t, won’t or forgets to press their Personal Help button. The Lifeline AutoAlert service option provides patients with an added layer of protection.

The Lifeline with AutoAlert option offers all the benefits of our original Lifeline service PLUS some new benefits:

• Multiple sensors support the accuracy of a true fall detection while minimizing false alarms.
• Intelligent Alarm designed to detect when a patient cannot get up from a fall on their own.
• Easy to wear AutoAlert Pendant is waterproof, and provides around-the-clock access to help – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are many benefits to offering this service but we need to find out if there is enough interest in this new service to purchase the new Lifeline machines and AutoAlert buttons. The cost would be approximately $45.00 per month vs. our current rate $30.00 per month for the standard lifeline.

Please let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in a Lifeline with AutoAlert or if you would like more information or to leave a comment. We can be reached at (641) 437-3474.

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