The Hidden Public Health Crisis: Alzheimer’s Disease and an Aging Population

Alzheimer’s disease is “the most under-recognized public health crisis of the 21st century,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s have been told about their diagnosis by a healthcare provider, while more than 90 percent of people with the four most common types of cancer have been told about their… Read more »

Redefining Engagement in the Online Classroom: Understanding Active Learning

In active learning, students engage with the educational material, participate in the classroom and collaborate with others. Instead of listening to their instructor and memorizing content, students in an active learning environment apply concepts to real-world situations. As a result, active learning encourages independent, critical and creative thinking skills. One hundred years ago, John Dewey… Read more »

The Price of Collaboration: Open Office Environments and Employee Productivity

The open office trend has reached dangerous levels. Nearly 70 percent of offices have open layouts that are characterized by areas with no partitions and cubicles with low or high partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. However, open office workers are less satisfied with their surroundings, stress levels and productivity. Even the primary… Read more »

The HCAHPS Survey: How Policies Impact Hospitals, Patients and Healthcare Workers

In 2012, the Affordable Care Act introduced a new policy that would help calculate Medicare reimbursement and bonuses to healthcare facilities. More than $1 billion is withheld from hospitals each year, and only facilities that maintain basic care standards and obtain high patient satisfaction survey scores earn money back. The Atlantic adds that top performers… Read more »

What the Physician Shortage Means for Nurse Practitioners

Authorities in healthcare and medicine project an increased physician shortage in the next decade, in large part because the U.S. population is growing and aging. A study from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that the nation’s population will grow 10 percent between 2013 and 2025 — with a 45 percent increase for… Read more »