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  • Senate Recognizes Injuries Caused by Falls, Costs to Health Care System

    On September 12 the Senate passed S Res 553, designating September 22, the first day of fall, as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD). This year marks the 5th anniversary of the national effort to protect older adults from falls.

    FPAD is spearheaded by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). This year's theme, Standing Together to Prevent Falls, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population. Forty-six states will participate in FPAD this year, joining more than 70 national organizations, including APTA, professional associations, and federal agencies that make up the Falls Free© Initiative. Find ideas for observing FPAD and your State Falls Prevention Coalition on NCOA's website.

    Sen Herb Kohl (D-WI) led the effort to raise awareness and encourage the prevention of falls among older adults. Sens Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) cosponsored the resolution.    

    Cigna Video Tips: Using Health Plans Effectively

    To help patients use their health plan most effectively for the rest of 2012, Cigna is urging policyholders to determine what they've spent on health care to date, prepare for future health care expenditures, and make a proactive plan to manage overall health care needs. The insurer has produced a video series featuring 2 Cigna executives discussing tips for consumers about how they can make good health care choices and best use their health plan benefits. Share the Health Plan Conversation with your patients by including links to the videos in your facility's newsletter or post them on your website.   

    New Certification Aims to Recognize Top Stroke Centers

    A new level of certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is designed to recognize the specific capabilities of hospitals that can treat the most complex stroke cases.

    The Advanced Certification Program for Comprehensive Stroke Centers aims to help health care organizations focus on the care processes that produce the best outcomes for complex stroke cases. The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association anticipate that, over time, municipalities and regions will develop a formal referral network so the most complicated stroke cases can be treated at the centers best equipped to provide the specialized care that can lead to the best possible outcomes for patients. The organizations anticipate that there may be more than 200 certified comprehensive stroke centers in the US within the next few years.

    State Exchanges Interactive Map

    Use this interactive map from the Kaiser Family Foundation to review the status of state action on state health insurance exchanges. Sixteen states and Washington, DC, have passed legislation or issued an executive order establishing a health insurance exchange. Choose the table or map function to determine the source of the exchange activity (governor's executive order or state law), the structure of the exchange (quasi-governmental, state-run, or nonprofit), and how it plans to contract with health plans.