DuBois ENT Surgeon Establishes Strong Steinway Presence in Pittsburgh

rhapsodyBy Kathleen Ganster

Elvis Presley may have had his blue suede shoes, but Dr. Greg Roscoe has his blue Steinway piano. 

Dr. Roscoe, an ENT surgeon from DuBois, first saw a photo of the blue piano while he was reading a magazine about 12 years ago. When he spotted “Rhapsody,” a beautiful, midnight blue Steinway piano with over 400 mother-of-pearl stars, Dr. Roscoe knew not only that he wanted one, but that he had to have one. 

And so began his quest for the piano that resulted in not only one of the very few Rhapsody instruments for his very own, but a Steinway dealership.

“The Rhapsody personified everything Steinway represents – unprecedented beauty, magnificant craftsmanship and musicality unavailable anywhere else in the world,” said Dr. Roscoe. 

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Can Texting Lead to Better Monitoring of Concussion Treatment?

Is text messaging a more effective way to get patients to help monitor their own concussion treatments? That’s what Stephanie Huang from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School plans to find out under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Suffoletto at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine. A better understanding of the effects of cognitive and physical activity on concussion recovery is necessary to determine the best method to treat post-concussive symptoms.

Thanks to a supporting grant from the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (PEMF), Huang will begin a study in late May that builds upon a pilot study by Suffoletto that successfully used text messaging to track symptoms and influence self-management of patients with concussions. 

“Concussion is now one of the most challenging epidemics facing children and young adults with a huge need to understand better so that therapy can be tailored to allow the brain to heal and regain normal function,” says Dr. Paul Paris, Chief Medical Officer for PEMF.

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Save Headaches and Heartaches as a Result of Legal Fee Issues

David Paige, Founder of Legal Fee AdvisorsBy David Paige

The majority of us have worked with a lawyer to resolve billing issues at some time or another. But what happens when you have a billing issue with the lawyer? What do you do? Do you just pay up and make the issue “go away?

Most people will pay up. Why? Why is it that people (and businesses) are afraid to challenge bills from their lawyers? Maybe it’s because “lawyers are always right” or because “lawyers always win” or because they have some secret power over their clients? No. None of this is true.

Perhaps it’s because sometimes we end up working with greedy and unethical lawyers who are prone to take individuals and businesses to the cleaners – and just expect them to “roll over and take it!” Regardless, you can fight back. We can help you learn how.

First, you should understand there are common practices that some law firms employ that can inflate billing, including:

  • Billing for administrative or clerical tasks at legal service rates;
  • Charging for standard firm overhead or disbursements at a profit;
  • Not communicating clearly about charges involved with the time, effort and expense of representation; and
  • Undue inefficiencies in servicing clients, such as overstaffing.

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Westmoreland County to Host PA Breast Cancer Coalition Photo Exhibit Breast Cancer Survivorship

Survivors to Share Stories at 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania Kick-off Reception

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) is proud to partner with Excela Health, Westmoreland Walks, Inc., and the Pennsylvania Department of Health this Spring to bring its photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania to North Huntingdon from May 1 – 10. A free kick-off reception will be held Thursday, May 1 inside the Excela Square at Norwin atrium at 6:30 p.m.

This unique exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with stories about how breast cancer has touched their lives. The survivors exemplify the diversity of Pennsylvania, and their messages reflect the impact breast cancer can have on families and communities across our state. The exhibit celebrates survivorship and encourages women to learn about early detection. 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania is sponsored by the PBCC and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the PBCC, encourages Westmoreland County residents to experience this inspirational and educational exhibit. “32 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania today. The goal of 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania is to educate women about this disease while giving a voice to breast cancer survivors across the Commonwealth,” said Halpin-Murphy. “We are thrilled to bring that message to Westmoreland County this May.”
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Advances in Technology & Treatment Help Spinal Cord Patients Rebuild Their Lives

shutterstock_82676386Compared to the U.K., Canada and Australia, the United States has the highest rates of spinal cord injuries and paralyses, according to the spinal cord injury and awareness site Apparelyzed. An estimated 275,000 Americans live with a spinal cord injury, and an average of 12,000 people become paralyzed every year. Patients with spinal cord injuries or spinal conditions should know about the rapid technological advancements that can reduce their pain and enhance their lives.

Laser Spine Surgery

Patients with a lower level of injury such as a bone spur, herniated disk, pinched nerve or bulging disk may be good candidates for laser-based or laser-assisted spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute reports. Using a less-than-1-inch incision, surgeons perform this outpatient procedure as an alternative to open neck or back surgery. Patients who do the recommended postsurgical exercises have the best chances of regaining and maintaining a strong and healthy spine.

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Nursing Shortages Impact Burgeoning Eldercare: A Canadian Perspective

By Carol-Ann Hamilton

Serious shortages loom.

Increasingly (but not nearly enough), the elder crisis borne of growing aging populations and woefully-prepared systems is recognized on levels that extend globally.

With privilege, I offer a Canadian perspective on these critical issues.  Clearly a contentious topic in the U.S., universal healthcare as practiced north of our shared border is oft touted as a model state.

As such, would you be alarmed to know:

  • Despite a reported 10-year high in students entering studies, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) predicts a shortage of some 60,000 registered nurses by 2022.
  • National demand is currently masked by delayed retirements; overtime is frequently used to compensate.
  • The financial implications of high turnover – on average 20 per cent country-wide in acute care – compound present loads.  At a very-conservative replacement cost of $25,000 per person, so much more needs to be done to retain and engage valuable talent.

Add to the mix burgeoning eldercare needs.

At the same time:  

  • The nursing population is aging.  Escalating systemic burden is inevitable as Boomers age and require more healthcare resources.
  • In 2009, Canada had 4.7 million seniors (13.9% of the population).  Between 2031 and 2036, that number is expected to climb to 10.9 million (25% of projections).
  • In 1971, there were nearly 8 persons of working age for every Canadian over 65.  By 2019, that ratio will have fallen to 3.8 followed by shrinkage to 2.5 by 2033.  A scary next generation dearth exists to sustain a growing mature populace.

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TIPS for Focusing on the Patient Experience

By Djamel Bayliche

Today’s healthcare environment is no doubt a changing landscape – with new regulations, alternative reimbursement models, and innovations in clinical care.  This continuous transformation of our healthcare system places increasing responsibility in the hands of patients and their loved ones, who are realizing that, now more than ever, they have choices about the care they receive.   This shift has encouraged providers to understand the importance of ensuring that patient and family needs are not only met, but exceeded.  A new reality is emerging: patient experience is a defining characteristic of true quality care.

Fortunately, tremendous opportunities exist for providers seeking to create a competitive advantage in their market or industry niche through excellent patient experience. When focusing on patient experience as a competitive advantage, consider the following Corazon TIPS that will help ensure success in this important effort:

Cover the Basics.  Patients tend to judge their experience based on how they are treated as unique individuals and the empathy shown by everyone encountered. Very few patient consumers understand the complex treatments and technologies involved in care delivery, or the high level of clinical skills required, or even the multi-faceted behind-the-scenes operations of a hospital.  But everyone understands and recognizes the basics of being cared for – a clean room, kind staff, clear communications, etc.   Published satisfaction scores across the country reveal that nearly 30% of patients would not recommend a hospital or care provider to their family, friends, or neighbors purely based on their experience.  From purely a patient perspective, excellent clinical intervention can easily be trumped by an overall poor patient experience based on a lack of comfort.

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Outsourcing Trends in Life Sciences – Why These Partnerships Matter

Kevin ConnollyBy Kevin Connolly

Healthcare insiders know that the industry is undergoing unprecedented change and companies and providers alike must adjust to new challenges and opportunities. Although outsourcing of various services was always a standard industry practice, there has been a recent, noticeable shift in the type and the number of services companies are delegating to third-party vendors. Some of the key drivers of outsourcing include staff and cost pressures, the desire to enhance focus on core business processes and the ability to rapidly deploy critical new programs. By partnering with trained, compliant and specialized third parties, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies can increase efficiency and effectiveness and better balance cost and value.

Key Outsourcing Trends 

According to outsourcing experts, below are a few of the biggest outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries:

Pharmacovigilance – As more companies recognize the importance of effective drug safety in ensuring patient safety, product integrity and company reputation, they also recognize the immense cost savings and efficiency that can be achieved by outsourcing pharmacovigilance services to an expert provider. The Transparency Market Research report found the global pharmacovigilance market to reach a market worth of $5 billion in 2019, and with good reason as these third-party partners have the ability to balance high quality adverse event processing and reporting with unpredictable volumes, all while meeting new needs in signaling, surveillance and risk management. 

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Safeguarding Patient Data 

Tom BrowningBy Tom Browning

Data not only does it continue to be one of the biggest buzzwords, but its impact and possibilities for the healthcare industry continue to have many insiders excited this year. At a time when pressure is being placed on the healthcare industry to reduce costs across the board, data continues to come up in conversation as one of the keys to success because of its potential for increased efficiencies and effectiveness in providing more comprehensive medical care. 

However, many questions still remain: how do we get our hands on it; how do we use it; how do we share it; and most importantly, how do we keep it safe? The latter being of particular importance to healthcare organizations because of the strict regulations placed on the industry and the high costs of non-compliance.  

Required Safeguards

As the healthcare industry becomes more and more digital, thanks to the implementation of Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE), more and more patient data is being accessed electronically and available for instantaneous sharing.  On one hand, this streamlined process helps to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care, but on the other hand, it raises many red flags as to the security of the data and, ultimately, the patient.  

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13th annual “Shake Your Booties” Event Raises $180,000

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center held its 13th annual signature fundraising event, Shake Your Booties on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Heinz Field, with a crowd of more than 400, raising $180,000 for its programs. 

Emceed by comedian and performer Gab Bonesso, this year’s Super Heroes themed Shake Your Booties invited guests to celebrate The Children’s Home’s Super Heroes, the children and families The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center serves. The East Club of Heinz Field was transformed into a colorful Super Heroes event with décor and vibe created by Tim Koman of TK Event Studio and Bill Chisnell Productions.

Event co-chairs Allison E. Yeske and Marvin S. Yu welcomed guests to an evening of excitement, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, delicious dinner stations and decadent dessert. The evening presented many opportunities to win fabulous items in the silent and live auctions, raffle, and Mystery Bag. Top sellers for the evening included a specially-crafted dinner at Root 174 with Pittsburgh personality Rick Sebak, a Nemacolin Woodlands Getaway and an In-Home Scotch Tasting from Piper’s Pub.

Event Superheroes with Child's Way attendee Rocko at The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center's 13th Annual Shake Your Booties Event

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Secured Med Waste

We recently became aware of another wonderful organization.

Secured Med Waste was founded in response to the growing need for businesses to have a choice and to be able to select a medical waste removal provider who is reliable and economical. Currently, Secured Med Waste is servicing Maryland, Washington D.C. and areas of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware. Secured Med Waste has 30 years of experience in providing a wide range of customers with multiple transportation and disposal services for many waste types including special medical waste.

Learn more!

 

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HMHP Wound Care Names New Medical Director

Humility of Mary Health Partners recently named Jason Delatore, M.D., medical director of St. Elizabeth and St. Elizabeth Boardman Wound Care centers.

Dr. Delatore, a vascular surgeon, replaces Felix Pesa, M.D., also a vascular surgeon, who retired in December 31, 2013.

The HMHP Wound Care Centers at St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Boardman have an integrated team of wound care specialists who consistently produce healing rates that exceed 90%.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners

Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care.  Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at www.HMpartners.org.

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Southwestern PA Partnership for Aging Annual Meeting

Southwestern PA Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) is holding their Annual Meeting, “Addressing Today’s Challenges for Aging Consumers,” on Wednesday December, 3rd from 8am to 4pm at Robert Morris University in Moon Twp.

New This Year at SWPPA!

  • Round Robin Table Discussions & Networking:  Sponsorship opportunities available!
  • The agenda includes:
  • Findings on Family Caregiver Needs and Issues Presented by the AARP and United Way
  • Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults Presented by the PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition
  • Health Literacy Presented by the Regional Health Literacy Coalition
  • The Future of Long Term Care and Aging – Panel Presentation by Experts from State Organizations
  • Policy Direction of Long Term Care and Aging in Pennsylvania – Panel Presentation by State Legislators

The program will provide 5 CEU hours for Social Workers, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators and Personal Care Home Administrators.

There are many opportunities to exhibit and sponsor – please join us! 

Questions may be directed to Lucy Cichon at 412-595-7554 lcichon@homeinsteadpgh.com

or Betty Karleski at 412-352-0703 or bjkarleski@hotmail.com

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Easily Managing Access to Healthcare’s Multiple Systems

Nederland, Amsterdam, 04-06-2010 Management Tools4EverBy Dean Wiech

In any industry passwords can be a hassle to manage, but perhaps this is no more true than healthcare. Password strategies are put in place to keep data secure, including patient’s information, but they often cause headaches for clinicians. And since every minute matters in the clinical setting, any process that takes longer than necessary can become a major problem when patient outcomes hang in the balance.

Since providers often need to access their own systems, as well as patient data and treatment history quickly, to assist patients, something as simple as getting locked out of systems or forgetting credentials to accounts is time consumer and tedious to overcome. Contacting the helpdesk and waiting to get passwords reset wastes what little time caregivers have to with patients. Simplifying password resets can give critical time back to caregivers and support staff in the care setting.

Easier said than done, of course. Many healthcare organizations resist implementing any type of password solution because they don’t want to bombard clinicians with yet another new technology. One of the major reasons being that they assume the implementation and training time are lengthy and because they’re currently bogged down by a variety of other pressing issues, such as meaningful use and preparing for the transition to ICD-10 in October 2015.
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