University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Editorial Archives

July/August 2008  •  Volume 3, Number 4

From the Editor
Improving Quality, Cost, and Access: Focus on Efficiency (PDF, 3 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 9
Feature Articles
Medicare's Upcoming Themes for QIOs (PDF, 3 pages)
Upcoming themes of CMS’ 9th Statement of Work include prevention, patient safety, and beneficiary protection.
Andrew Miller. MD, MPH •  p. 21
"Slow Medicine"...? Why Not Palliative Care? (PDF, 6 pages)
Slow medicine is, at its essence, a partnership between physician and patient to plan ahead—establishing goals for care, embracing the patient’s values and preferences for treatment, and resisting the imperative to treat when comfort and support are both appropriate and desired. In short, it is palliative care.
JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, APRN, BC-PCM  •  p. 24
Senior Healthcare Tools for Consumers and Professionals (PDF, 2 pages)
The American System for Advancing Senior Health (ASASH™) is a collaborative venture among healthcare providers, consumers, caregivers, payers, and others to provide seniors and healthcare practitioners with the tools needed to ensure quality health care. Included are journals, Web sites, and professional conferences.
Jennifer Maybin  •  p. 30
Seeing What We Don't Know: Macular Degeneration (PDF, 4 pages)
About 10% of seniors ages 66 to 74 have macular degeneration, a progressive disorder that can lead to blindness if not treated. Learn the signs and symptoms to look for.
Richard G. Stefanaccu, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 32
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2008 (PDF, 5 pages)
Prevalence, risk factors for, and causes of Alzheimer’s disease are reviewed in the second article of a series. Race and ethnicity, gender, location, and education are factors that affect risk.
The Alzheimer's Association  •  p. 36
More Than Sticks and Stones May Break Resident's Bones (PDF, 3 pages)
Osteoporosis is a major healthcare problem affecting 10 million Americans and another 44 million who are at risk. The burden is such that two-thirds of patients who have fractures never regain their pre-fracture levels.
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBS, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 41
Letters  •  p. 12
From the Desk of Michael T. Rapp, MD, JD, FACEP  •  p. 14
Clinical Guidelines  •  p. 16
Case Study  •  p. 20
Ask the Experts   •  p. 44
Medicare Minutes  •  p. 46
Quick Facts & Stats   •  p. 48

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