Author Archive, Paul Wallis

Vindication for Nurse Prescribers – Cut Alcoholism Treatment Time in Half

October 18th, 2011  |  The Blog

Nurse prescribers face several challenges related to their prescribing powers, including general opposition and lack of progression. However, new vindication from a pilot study on alcohol addiction in the UK shows how nursing prescription practices have provided improvements in patient care. Alcoholism, a pandemic problem in the UK, is responsible for a range of health problems, including increased risks for depression, brain and heart damage, as well as liver disease. Additionally, people with alcohol dependence drink despite social, family and/or job ... More »

Scary Statistic – ’1 in 7 Medicare/Medicaid Patients Harmed During Hospitalization’

October 10th, 2011  |  The Blog

The fact that 1 of 7 Medicare patients are injured or harmed during hospitalization isn't a glowing testimony to the quality of care in American hospitals. This figure comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. Sources of errors and complications include: Medication (31%), routine care (28%), surgery (26%) and infections (15%). The net cost of these dangerous faults is believed to be approximately $300 billion, a third of the annual $1 trillion spent on healthcare annually in the US. The ... More »

Calling a Nurse ‘Doctor’ – Problem for Some

October 3rd, 2011  |  The Blog

The latest outbreak of obsessive semantics in the health care sector is the storm over calling nurses with doctorates "Doctor." Apparently MDs don't like the usage, and the result, as The New York Times reports, is pretty turgid stuff. Nursing leaders say that their push to have more nurses earn doctorates has nothing to do with their fight for several decades? to give nurses more autonomy, money and prescriptive power through state legislatures. Many physicians are suspicious and say that once ... More »

Coffee Decreases Risk of Depression in Women

September 29th, 2011  |  The Blog

Coffee, a well known kick start for the day, has been a recent subject in many studies about health, particularly regarding its positive effects. A new study by Harvard School of Public Health has found that the early morning antidote to being awake has definite effects on depression in women. Drinking four cups a day is enough to have the effect of a 20 percent reduction in risk of depression.... More »

‘Enroll America’–Campaign to Enroll Americans in Health Insurance

September 19th, 2011  |  The Blog

Enroll America, a new non-profit organization, plans to create awareness and more importantly, explain the benefits of health care coverage to Americans, particularly those currently without any health care insurance. Many nurses may empathize with the core values of this initiative and probably can recall many cases where it applies. The new cross-sector campaign to encourage Americans to enroll in health insurance is scheduled to start in 2014. Enroll America is using the resources of a coalition of health ... More »

Health Care Fraud–91 Doctors and Nurses Found Guilty

September 12th, 2011  |  The Blog

Everybody knows that health care fraud is pretty much a part of the furniture in the health industry. Apparently, so do the Feds. A massive nationwide sweep caught 91 people allegedly responsible for $295 million worth of fraud. That's small beer compared to the estimated amount of health care fraud, which is "$70-234 billion per year" according to the FBI. This might explain the fantastic costs for everything, mightn't it? The trouble is that for the eternally money-obsessed healthcare ... More »

Heart Failure Programs–Stunning Success

September 6th, 2011  |  The Blog

Anything that reduces readmissions to hospital by 30 percent deserves recognition. New heart failure programs are being administered by nurses and they're making a huge difference. What's really stunning is the basis of the new programs--providing more information to patients. There's quite a history to this saga, and it makes the point that quality care is always going to make a big difference. The New York Times explains how the University of California San Francisco manages its heart failure program: For ... More »

The High Burden of Insurance Bureaucracy

August 29th, 2011  |  The Blog

Insurance bureaucracy is to medicine what a grand piano is to a patient with a broken leg- Nice to have, but hard to carry around with you every day. A recent study has discovered that doctors offices spend up to 21 hours a week simply grappling with insurance rules. This enchanting, archaic process often drags in nurses as well, so the real cost of that 21 hours, which is around 1000 hours per year, is staggering. The current estimate is ... More »

New California Bill Aims To Reduce Nurse Injury Risk

August 22nd, 2011  |  The Blog

The fine art of patient-lifting doesn't usually get a lot of attention in the media. Nor does the fact that this very delicate operation often results in injuries to the people doing the lifting. A new bill in California aims to redress that situation. The current state of affairs is to put it mildly creating difficulties for the health care sector: According to the LA Times: More than 9,700 nurses filed workers' compensation claims for injuries last year in California, ... More »

Joint Effort of Doctors, Nurses and Admins to Improve Quality of Care

August 15th, 2011  |  The Blog

Last Autumn, the New England Journal of Medicine released a report indicating that despite many years of quality control programs, there was no noticeable decrease in patient injuries. Sadly, this has been pretty much the story for a long line of quality issues in all areas of health care. The good news is that there's finally some credible quality control in development which is seriously believed to be able to manage the quality issues.The long saga of seemingly endless frustrations is ... More »

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