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CMS Begins Reporting on Hospital Return Days!

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Web site
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What are the Hospital Return Days?

Hospital Return Days are the average number of unplanned days patients who are hospitalized for certain conditions spend back in the hospital soon after they are discharged. Hospital Return Days include time spent in the emergency department, under observation, or in an inpatient hospital unit. CMS (the agency behind Medicare & Medicaid) recently updated its Hospital Compare website to provide information on hospital return days for patients who visit the hospital for a heart attack or heart failure. A video, which is available on www.corevideos.org, provides more information on hospital return days, and why they’re important!

How is this information useful to me or my family?

This information can help you, or a loved one, learn more about your local hospital and make an informed decision when it comes to your medical care.

What other information is available on Hospital Compare?

Hospital Compare provides you with a lot of interesting information. For example, it can tell you how often people die after visiting a hospital for a certain condition, how often complications occur after certain surgeries, and how likely patients are to return to a hospital for unplanned medical care within 30 days of leaving the hospital.

Information is available for a variety of medical conditions and surgical procedures, including:
*  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
*  Heart Attack
*  Heart Failure
*  Pneumonia
*  Stroke
*  Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
*  Hip or Knee Replacement
Using this information, you can choose the hospital that is best for you.

For example, you can see how hospitals in your area compare with each other--and with the nation as a whole—when it comes to treating a heart attack. 

Why does CMS publicly report this information?

CMS’s goal in reporting this information is to improve health care. CMS evaluates hospital quality of care and gives incentives to hospitals to make improvements that result in better care.

How do I find this information on Hospital Compare?

You can access the website, for free, at www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html. Enter your zip code, select a hospital (or hospitals) to compare, and view the Complications tab, Readmission & Deaths tab, or the Payment & value of care tab to see updated results.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to take advantage of this valuable information!

Abiding Hope

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Book
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As  a four-time cancer survivor (1991-stage 4 ovarian, 1995-sciatic nerve tumor, 1998-colon, 2001-breast), hope was an essential ingredient on my journey! In my latest book, Abiding Hope, I share lessons I learned amidst the fires of my life. And those lessons are shared within short personal reflections. Abiding Hope offers inspiration, encouragement, and hope...regardless of the circumstances. For more information go to TWindahl.com or Amazon.com.

Contact information: 
I can be reached at: t@twindahl.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
T. Windahl
Publish date: 
Nov. 2016 (by TRISTAN Publishing)
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The 10 great Life Lessons Cancer has taught me

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Article
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www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-great-life-lessons-cancer-has-taught-me-liam-ryan

Contact information: 
liamryan5cancer4.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Liam Ryan
Publish date: 
March 30 2017

Free Walking group for cancer patients - North of Boston

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Meeting/Event
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This is a facebook group for people going through the same thing as I am. Recovering from Cancer. Up until December I was a workout nut. Boxing, boot camp and I ran 35 road races in 2016. I've had a double mastectomy and implants, and next is Chemo and Radiation. I want to stay active and walk as much as possible now and later back to running. I'm cleared to walk. Who wants to join me?

 

I will post every time I go for a walk. No pressure, just come walk at your own pace and get moving. 

 

I can motive YOU to get up and moving. Believe it. Do it with me.

Contact information: 
Jeannine Pelkey on facebook Emerald Walking Club on Facebook
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The CUP Diaries

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Book
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It’s a bit of a shock when you are diagnosed with cancer – and even more of a shock when the doctors tell you they have no idea where it is!
This is the phenomenon known as Cancer of Unknown Primary – or CUP - as it is commonly known. A secondary cancer is detected in the body – which means that metastasis has occurred – the original cancer has spread to other parts of the body. However, when they look for the original cancer – it can’t be found!
This is one survivor's story of being diagnosed with something she'd never heard of, something that has quite a poor prognosis, due to the fact that it isn't picked up until after the primary cancer has spread elsewhere.
The author takes you through a personal account of the original symptoms, the barrage of tests, diagnosis and the details of treatment she went through to emerge happy and healthy again.

Berni says "Not many of us know what is involved with cancer and its treatment until it happens to us or a loved one. It would have helped me to be able to read stories of others experiences while I was going through mine. With that in mind I have turned part of my personal blog - which was originally written to update family and friends on my treatment and well-being as I went through my cancer - into this eBook so that others who have just been diagnosed with CUP - or any kind of cancer can also benefit. It explains how it feels to have a CIT scan, what happens when you have chemotherapy and the highs and lows of the radiotherapy waiting room!
It is light-hearted on the whole - considering the subject matter - and I hope it is of some help to anyone who reads it."

50% of all royalties will go to The CP Foundation

Contact information: 
Email: berniwilliams1@hotmail.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Berni Williams
Publish date: 
16/10/2016
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Through It All:Robn's Journey of Faith

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Book
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A Book called "Through It All:Robin's Journey of Faith"

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book
Contact information: 
tennesseekidd39@hotmail.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Robin Williams
Publish date: 
May 25, 2016

My Adult Brain Stem Tumor Story

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Web site
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I am 37 year old and on May 27th, 2016, I was diagnosed with a Brain Stem Glioma C71.9 .Since this is a very rare tumor to find in adults, I decided it'd be a good idea to share my story and experiences.

Source: 
www.brainstemtumorlady.com
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Angelica B
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Free pillows for port site

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Web site
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This charity mails free port pillows that clip onto the seat belt and protect the port from being rubbed by the seat belt.  

The port pillow also feels really good over a tender sentinel node incision site for breast cancer patients. 

There is a form on the site for ordering the pillow either for yourself or for someone that is getting a port.

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Free pillows for port site

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Web site
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https://www.gofundme.com/Portpillows

This charity mails free port pillows that clip onto the seat belt and protect the port from being rubbed by the seat belt.

The port pillow also feels really good over a tender sentinel node incision site for breast cancer patients.

There is a form on the site for ordering the pillow either for yourself or for someone that is getting a port.

Source: 
https://www.gofundme.com/Portpillows
Publish date: 
June 2016
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Conversations with Scientists- Cancer: Past, Present and Future

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Audio/Video
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The first session is an audio introduction, but the other sections are informative and entertaining presentations by the researchers and faculty. The presentations cover everything from the formation of cancer cells to clinical trials. 

 

Contact information: 
Suzette M. Svoboda-Newman, M.S. Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program School of Medicine Medical College of Wisconsin (414) 955-4681 snewman@mcw.edu

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