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March 1, 2011

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  • Nutrition education an important element of disease prevention

    Healthy eating is a good target area for education, because people are confused about what healthy eating means, contends Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson who lives in Southern California.
  • DVDs meet needs of visual learners

    A resource library for patient education should contain DVDs to help visual learners understand information, according to Taryn J. Bailey, MSN, RN-BC, executive director of Professional Practice and Patient Education Services at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA.
  • Community partnership addresses health needs

    To improve access to health care in Logan County, IL, the Healthy Communities Partnership was formed 13 years ago. The mission statement of the partners is "to improve the health and quality of life for people in the communities we serve." This is accomplished in many ways, but almost always, education is a key component.
  • Post-acute transition program cuts LOS

    UnitedHealthcare's post-acute transition program has reduced the average length of stay in skilled nursing facilities by three to five days, depending on the market, for members in the program.
  • Physicians, health plan, hospital team up

    When a health plan, a physician network, and a hospital teamed up to reverse the trend of Medicare hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge, readmissions dropped by 30% or more over an eight-month period when compared to the readmission rate in the same hospital the previous year.
  • Want workers to listen to you? Gain their trust

    If employees don't trust you, they probably won't listen to your advice, agree to take a health risk assessment, or participate in your wellness programs.