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Selling Hearing Aids Over The Counter Could Help Millions Of Americans

April 24, 2017

One company aims to shift views on the devices from being a sign of aging to “something that’s hip and cool,” as Congress considers a bill that would urge the FDA to allow hearing aids to be sold in drug stores. NPR: Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?Four out …

Sexual Abuse Of Those In Nursing Homes Going Unreported, Undocumented

April 24, 2017

Sexual abuse is nationwide problem facing those living at longterm-care and assisted-living facilities, but too often it’s overlooked. Sacramento Bee: America’s Hidden Horror: Sexual Abuse In Nursing Homes And Care FacilitiesSexual abuse of residents in long-term care facilities, assisted-living centers and nursing homes is a largely hidden problem nationwide. It hides behind reporting systems that …

Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry a Win for Home Health Agencies

April 23, 2017

Home health practitioners rely on HHQI for no-cost, evidence-based tools, data reports, ongoing educational opportunities and a wealth of resources. One of these free resources is the HHCDR, which helps HHAs create custom data reports to identify opportunities to improve the cardiovascular health of their patients and to measure the impact of their quality improvement …

April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 23, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29, 2017, consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at thousands of collection sites coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), law enforcement agencies and community organizations. Visit the DEA website to find a location near you, or check out the Drug Disposal Locator hosted by the …

Celebrate Earth Day—Go Paperless!

April 21, 2017

Nearly 200 countries celebrate Earth Day on April 22—a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. How can you make your voice heard this year? Let Medicare help! One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an iPad, Kindle Fire, …

Engaging Communities in the Fight against Underage Drinking

April 21, 2017

By Tiffani Kigenyi, MPH, Public Health Analyst, ODPHP and Blythe Miller, MPH, Editor, CommunicateHealth, Inc. Underage alcohol use (also known as underage drinking) is a serious public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people abuse alcohol more than any other drug — and more …

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