A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.
The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has created a Call To Action: Creating a Culture of Health. This bold report calls on hospitals to be leaders in creating a culture of health by focusing on employee health and wellness. Current practices used by hospitals today with their employees, examples of best practices, and recommendations on how to accomplish this culture of health are provided. Visit the American Hospital Association’s web site to read the full report.… Read more »
The Affordable Care Act represents one of the most comprehensive health care restructuring efforts since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965.
A transformation of the current health care system to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care will require a paradigm shift in the way many healthcare professionals fulfill their roles. Nurses are at the forefront of this shift, and a fundamental restructuring of nursing education (before and after nurses receive their licenses) is considered to be the centerpiece of this transformation.… Read more »