The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Written by: Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

As a diabetes educator, when I think of diabetes complications, I think of kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage. What I don’t think about is hearing loss.THE LINK BETWEEN DIABETES AND HEARING LOSS

In 2012, a colleague brought this to my attention and asked me what screenings I do for people with diabetes (PWD) to determine if they have hearing loss. I thought about it and realized this really was never on my radar and there was nothing in place. Then she asked me to think about how a PWD might feel if they also had trouble hearing. I realized that hearing loss would not only make life more difficult for a PWD but could also lead to depression. For a PWD who is already dealing with the pressures of a very complicated disease, adding hearing impairment to the list can be potentially devastating.

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New Prenatal Patient Education Launching in June 2017 On The Newborn Channel

The Newborn Channel
Delivering essential patient education when and where soon-to-be moms need it most, the Newborn Channel’s Preparing for Baby library helps start baby on the best path to optimal health and wellness. Our comprehensive, clinically accurate patient education solution reaches new and expecting moms throughout their pregnancy and is accessible anytime, anywhere.

With greater pressure to meet Joint Commission standards PC-01 and PC-02, encouraging pregnant women to reach 40 weeks of gestation, we’ve created a new series titled Baby’s Almost Here. This new 3-part series is coming to our online Newborn Channel library in June 2017 and includes the following programs:

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Stop By The Wellness Network Booth 650 at AWHONN 2017

Our team would love to meet you at AWHONN 2017 – the premier event for Obstetric, Neonatal and Women’s Health Nurses – where we have all the fun! Stop by our booth to find out how we help #RNSuperheroes like you deliver essential education to expecting and new moms!

Join the fun at The Wellness Network booth 650:

  • Pick up your #RNSuperheroes button
  • Take a photo in our Superhero photo booth
  • Be entered to win an Apple Watch

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The 2017 ADA Updates on Caring for Patients with Diabetes

Written by: Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

If you care for a person with diabetes (PWD), it is important to pay attention to the annually updated standards of care from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The 2017 ADA updates can be found here: Living

This year’s report contains some key updates that will affect caregivers and PWDs who are working to self-manage their disease. Here are some of the highlights:

1. A PWD is an individual! Providers should focus on support that is specific to the PWD’s lifestyle. This means taking into account geography (e.g., urban or rural lifestyle), as well as the food culture and exercise environment in the community. Caretaker recommendations about healthy eating and active living should fit the PWD’s surroundings and available resources! PWDs should be aware of available support from lay health coaches, navigators, or community health workers.

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USPSTF Recommendations and Impact of Video Education

Written by: Jon VanZile, Medical Editor

When It Comes to Reaching Patients, Video Works

As the cost of medical treatment continues to rise, employers, insurers and hospitals are counting on preventive medicine to help reduce treatment costs for expensive chronic diseases.

The problem? Patient compliance. Getting patients to “follow their doctor’s orders”—even when the evidence is overwhelming—is hard enough. According to a recent paper published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, up to 50% of patients don’t take their medications as prescribed. But when the evidence is equivocal and recommendations seem clouded in uncertainty or controversy, it can be nearly impossible.

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Customizable Patient Education

The opportunity to reach patients with education that influences the health of your community starts before they walk through your hospital’s doors. There is no question that the healthcare landscape is changing:

  • hospitals are moving from fee-for-service payments towards value-based care,
  • reimbursements encourage quality outcomes and patient satisfaction, and
  • patients are seeking a more comprehensive healthcare solution that supports their needs throughout all points of care.

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Directly Link To Your Patient Education From Your Website

Patients view an average of 5.7 hours of health education programming from The Wellness Network while in the hospital. [1] What about accessing credible video resources to prepare for a hospital stay, or help transition and manage their care after a hospital stay? What if they can’t remember what they heard and saw while in the hospital and want to see it again to refresh their memory or share with a loved one?

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5 Reasons to improve the ROI of your patient education

Are your patient education tools viewed as just “nice to have” or does your administration recognize their impact on reducing the cost of readmissions and improving reimbursements?

More than ever before, the quality of patient education is having a direct impact on financial success for healthcare providers.  Relevant, engaging and clinically accurate patient education that helps patients better understand and manage their health has been proven to reduce readmissions and increase patient satisfaction. Whether accessible on your website, available on patient and waiting room TVs or given as discharge instructions, the quality of your patient education can have a direct impact on your bottom line.  When’s the last time you assessed the ROI of your patient education? Continue reading “5 Reasons to improve the ROI of your patient education”

How will integrative medicine transform your care model?

The ‘health crises’ of decades past was never entirely resolved. New technologies, diagnostic devices, surgical procedures and research advancements may be dramatically advancing medical outcomes. But the fact remains that ever-increasing reimbursement pressures continue to challenge providers, and better- informed patients still struggle with a lack of insurance or the burden of incredibly high deductibles. Is there any good answer?

Part of the solution may very well lie in alternatives to traditional medicine that have been practiced for literally centuries: integrative or complementary alternative medicine. Continue reading “How will integrative medicine transform your care model?”

Tips for Teaching Parents How to Raise Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids

Written by: Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAPstreet-market-fruits-grocery

Every day I talk to parents who don’t know what first food to feed their baby, are concerned that their toddler won’t eat veggies or stumped as to why their preschooler only eats carbs. That’s why I wrote, What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatricians’ Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids. I wanted to cut through the confusing clutter of feeding advice and get right to the basics of which foods are truly best to feed a baby, young child and even the entire family! Here are 5 of my 11 Essential Foundation Foods. If you teach parents to introduce foundation foods early (around 6 months of age) and feed them frequently, they will raise healthy, nutrition-loving kids, which will make your job as a healthcare provider much easier, since good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life.


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