SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 - As part of the Obama administration’s work to make the United States health-care system more affordable and accountable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2011 data in early May that shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services. Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the average amount the providers bill for an item or service. The following information is intended to help patients and family members better understand this complicated topic.
Swedish Disseminates Information Intended to Educate, Clarify Medicare Charge Data, Related Questions
Thrive Through Cancer is a non-profit organization that helps young adults with cancer and their caregivers find hope and thrive. Through support groups, social events and community forums, Thrive Through Cancer aims to engage young adult community members by providing support and resources during their fight against cancer.
On June 20, 2013 Thrive Through Cancer will host a social event for young adults, their families, friends and caregivers at the Swedish Cancer Institute: Chemo-Con!
Come meet Rose Egge, founder of Thrive Through Cancer, and join us for two educational and interactive workshops focused on issues commonly experienced by young adults affected by cancer.
- Join Registered Dietician Julie Herbst for a conversation about healthy eating, maximizing nutritional intake and managing symptoms with foods. Recipe and sampling provided.
- Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS will host a discussion about intimacy and cancer, and can help answer any questions you may have.
You will also have the opportunity to learn more about community partners, resources and services available in areas near you from the following organizations:
Hearing loss is a term that many associate with an aging population. For some it may trigger memories of large, obvious and obtrusive hearing aids or devices that squealed! This is not the reality in 2013. A look at the individuals I see every day as an audiologist reveals a large number of employed professionals who are encountering difficulty in work environments. From telephone work to conference and lunch meetings, hearing loss is impacting our workforce.
The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that nearly 1 in 5 Americans between the ages of 45-64 years of age experience hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss increases with age and with an aging workforce that includes many working well into their 70s, it should be noted that the incidence of hearing loss increases to 1 in 3 for Americans between the ages of 65-74 years of age. We now have a culture of employment that includes unique viewpoints from four generations working side by side. Many of us are aware that intergenerational communication styles may vary. It would behoove us to also consider hearing loss as we think about intergenerational communication in the workplace.
Individuals who work in a quiet or solitary environment may “get by” with their hearing loss. However, most individuals will encounter much more complex listening environments at work. Imagine if you had hearing loss and were required to listen in the following environments:
- Working in a cubicle environment where colleagues speak from behind or speak over/through walls.
- Participating in conference calls and telephone calls in which there are no visual cues to supplement the speaker’s voice.
- Participating in conference room meetings where distance can create a barrier in the ability to hear individuals around the table.
- Listening to individuals with ...
If your life has been touched by stroke, one of the greatest resources you can connect with is your local stroke support group.
There are many benefits of joining a stroke support group, including the opportunity to:
- Socialize in a relaxed environment – feeling connected to a community is incredibly important after a stroke. Isolation can be a significant contributor to depression and deteriorating condition.
- Share your stories, setbacks, and achievements – the connections you establish within a stroke support group are great resources for encouragement and advice. These relationships are also important in challenging you to push forward, continuing to work towards complete recovery.
- Learn something new – education provided at stroke support group events can be priceless! There is an incredible amount of information regarding navigating life after stroke and this is a wonderful venue to hear information and ask questions. Common topics of discussion include:
In today’s New York Times, actress and director Angelina Jolie bravely and openly discusses her experience with BRCA genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer:
The 37 year old Ms. Jolie – who has not had cancer – underwent genetic testing because of her family history of cancer. She was found to carry a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which puts her at significant risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. Ms. Jolie, the mother of 3 adopted and 3 biological children, elected to undergo a risk-reducing double mastectomy, and plans to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed soon to lower her risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Ms. Jolie’s story opens a public conversation about the importance of genetic testing in helping to reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. This very personal decision about mastectomy by someone widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the movies also helps women recognize that their body image and sexuality does not have to be defined by their breasts. Not every woman will make the decision to have major surgery, but genetic test results can also make sure that your breast cancer screening is appropriate for your level of risk; women who carry a BRCA gene mutation need ...
Going through cancer treatment as a patient, family member or caregiver can take a lot of personal time. And we know that being in a hospital environment on a day-to-day basis can be exhausting. Here at the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI), we aim to provide resources and access to services to help your mind, body and spirit heal.
One way we do this is through using innovative programs that help connect patients and family members to resources within the community. Recently, SCI has launched a new iPad Loan Program that puts interactive and educational resources right at your fingertips.
You can use the iPads while waiting in the lobby or even during treatment to:
Here are some things you can do:
- Visit your healthcare provider: Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year – more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have heart disease, have diabetes, or are overweight.
- Get involved: If you have high blood pressure it's important to work with your provider to improve your health. This may include changes in diet, exercise, and medications. Implement changes incrementally for success!
- Know your family medical history: If high blood pressure runs in your family, it’s important to ...