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Healing After the Bombings

Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing have a lengthy road to recovery:

Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee’s rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more.

These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will face.

The mammoth price tag is probably not what patients are focusing on as they begin the long healing process. But friends and strangers are already setting up fundraisers and online crowd-funding sites, and a huge Boston city fund has already collected more than $23 million in individual and corporate donations. — via Winnipeg Free Press

The piece also discusses how a number of state and local charities have created funds to help pay for the hospital bills, prosthetics, and rehabilitation.  Dozens of home care agencies have also donated their services to the victims.

Still Open: 2013 State of the Home Care Industry Study

The National State of the Home Care Industry survey is conducted through 20 minutes phone interviews with senior managers scheduled at times that are convenient for you. It will address current practices and future strategies in the areas of IS/EHR, telehealth, new health care models and operations.

Participating agencies will be among the first to receive in-depth reports plus strategic recommendations from the findings. The results will also include insights into what practices the top agencies, those with the best financial and quality outcomes, are using and planning.

The Study is sponsored by NAHC, CHAP, The Joint Commission, the Forum of State Associations, Delta Health Technologies, HealthWyse and Fazzi Associates. Results are expected to be released in late May or early June of this year. — via HCAF.

The survey is open to all Medicare Certified agencies with revenue >$500,000, and at least two Home Health Compare scores.

Sex And The Senior Girl

Last week, [The Visiting Nurse Service of New York] had a terrific speaker from the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JSPOA) present on Sexuality and Aging. The speaker, who’s an RN and a senior herself, helped our members get comfortable with the topic while educating them. She spoke about living a healthy, sexually active life regardless of age. She also educated us on a surprising statistic – “almost one-fourth of all people with HIV/AIDS in this country are age 50 and older.” (National Institute on Aging)

It’s interesting that no matter how old the audience, this topic makes people giggle. Our seniors started off quiet, then giggled, then full on expressed their opinions and thoughts. I’m so glad we helped them get comfortable with the topic so they could ask some very important questions and really learn how to protect themselves and stay healthy. — via VNSNY

Author: Tom Meyer

Tom Meyer is the Alliance's Membership Coordinator and Webmaster. His email address is

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