Future Trends Health Care 2013 - Page 49

Readmission Reduction Program — An important part of the Affordable Care Act that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2012—introduced financial penalties for hospitals with excessive readmissions. Source: Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Readmissions - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 30-day readmission measures assess a broad set of healthcare activities that affect patients’ well-being. Patients who receive high-quality care during their hospitalizations and their transition to the outpatient setting will likely have improved outcomes, such as survival, functional ability, and quality of life. Source: www.ama-assn.org Recruitment - Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting, and onboarding a qualified person for a job. Reflexology - Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health. Source: Mayo Clinic Regeneration - The renewal, regrowth, or restoration of a body or a bodily part, tissue, or substance after injury or as a normal bodily process. Source: Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Registered Nurse (RNs) - Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Regulations - Laws that a business must obey, or risk legal sanctions, up to and including prison for its officers. http://www.gartner.com/it-glossary/regulatory-compliance/ Regulatory compliance - Describes the goal that corporations or public agencies aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that personnel are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and regulations. Due to the increasing number of regulations and need for operational transparency, organizations are increasingly adopting the use of consolidated and harmonized sets of compliance controls. This approach is used to ensure that all necessary governance requirements can be met without the unnecessary duplication of effort and activity from resources. Rehabilitation - To bring (someone or something) back to a normal, healthy condition after an illness, injury, drug problem, etc. Source: Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Reimbursement maximization - Federal reimbursement maximization special fund. is established in the state treasury the federal reimbursement maximization special fund, into which shall be deposited all federal reimbursements. Relaxation -Being at rest and enjoying oneself. Source: Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Religious - Relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity. Source: Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Replacement limbs and body parts - The first successful organ transplant, a kidney, was performed in 1954. Now, doctors can replace every part of the human body, from skin and bones to organs, hands and faces. Prosthetic limbs are no longer hooks but robotic attachments that can integrate with the wearer's mind. It's no longer science fiction to imagine that we could slowly replace our organs as they wear out, thus extending our lives and preventing illnesses. Still, there are some challenges in the world of replacement parts. For one, demand for parts far outweighs supply, and every year, people on the transplant list die before they can receive a replacement. That shortage has led some scientists to experiment with growing body parts in the laboratory. With just a few cells, doctors have been able to engineer everything from skin to bladders. Some scientists have fine-tuned a method that involves using an inkjet printer to build organs; instead of shooting ink onto paper, these printers can spray cells onto scaffolding to create hearts and lungs. Researchers would also like to conduct further work with embryonic stem cells, which can be converted into any type of body tissue, a process known as therapeutic cloning. However, research with embryonic stem cells has been limited due to controversy over whether these cells represent a future person whose rights must be respected. Such ethical arguments will probably always serve as a limit on replacing human body parts. 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