Sept 18, 2019

Sick and In Need of Help, But No Healthcare Workers in Sight

Since the start of the pandemic almost two years ago, nearly 1 in 5 healthcare workers have quit their jobs. Workers have cited COVID-19, poor pay, and burnout as the top reasons for resignation and more recently–termination. As vaccines for COVID-19 have become more readily available and are shown to protect against the original virus […]

Sept 18, 2019

Traumatized Healthcare Workers Continue to Suffer in Silence

The challenges that healthcare administrators are facing are not easy to fix and the cost of many of these issues extends beyond the crippled budget that many organizations are now managing. I. Employee Well-Being Many employees have endured more in the last year than they may have in their entire careers. These issues range from […]

Sept 18, 2019

New Medicare Program Being Piloted for Future Value-Based Payment System

A new program launched by CMS called the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model is an experimental program to help decrease the cost of healthcare. This program will provide 50 start-ups with thousands of patients and a controlled budget to care for that patient’s healthcare needs. The program is scheduled to last 6 years and […]

Sept 18, 2019

Being a Nurse and a Lawyer

One of the questions that I get most about being a nurse and a lawyer is what did it take to get here. Honestly, the educational journey to becoming a nurse and a lawyer was easy. Find a program, apply, receive your admission letter, and then matriculate. The hard part is reconciling your identity, trying […]

Sept 18, 2019

Vaccine Incentives May Be Illegal and a Violation of the ADA

Is your employer giving you an incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccine? If you are an employer and you are giving out incentives to an employee who gets vaccinated, here are a few things you should consider: If you offer any incentives to receive a vaccine you are in danger of potentially violating discrimination laws […]

Sept 18, 2019

Documentation Is All You Have

If you know how to document then you know how to defend yourself in court and against the board. Learning how to document is not something that is well taught in school, orientation, and many times by preceptors or within organizations. Let’s review a few cases in which documentation was at the center of the […]

Sept 18, 2019

The Extension Has Expired, Open Notes Is Here For All Patients and Providers

Starting this month, clinical notes will be among electronic information that must not be blocked and must be made available free of charge to patients. The change implements the 21st Century Cures Act, which requires that healthcare providers grant patients access without charge to all the health information in their electronic medical records “without delay.” […]

Sept 18, 2019

Treatment, Not Trauma

The COVID-19 pandemic and global shutdown forced millions across the world to sit down and pay attention to what was going on in their respective societies. One of those things, specifically in America, was the unnecessary force law enforcement officers took against those in a mental health crisis. Situations that could be easily diffused with […]

Sept 18, 2019

The Grief We Bear: One Year Later

This is dedicated to every frontline worker who showed up in the worst of it and continued to show up no matter what. I salute you as I stand beside you. This last year has been a whirlwind for so many healthcare workers with the increased tension of the political climate, exposure to videos of […]