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Davenport Nursing Home Welcomed U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack; He Discussed Value of Quality Care in Iowa’s and Nation’s Healthcare Delivery System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily White   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:49

Davenport, IA – In thanking U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for touring ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge today, Davenport’s local skilled nursing facility (SNF) care community demonstrated why facilities like this across Iowa are vital to Iowa seniors, the Davenport-area’s local economy and workforce, and a key piece of the policy puzzle in terms of helping to improve care quality and reduce healthcare costs.

“Our patients and staff appreciate the time Congressman Loebsack took to visit our facility, and to see first-hand how nursing homes like ours are evolving to meet the needs of a more diverse patient population,” stated Kim Hufsey, administrator at ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge. “We welcome the opportunity to meet with lawmakers so that they can more fully understand why nursing homes of the 21st Century, like ours, are vital to helping more seniors return home more quickly, and why it has never been more important for our lawmakers to preserve, protect and defend the Medicare funding our patients depend upon for quality care.”

Hufsey pointed to a new study finding Iowa nursing homes and the patients under their care face a $30 million cumulative reduction in Medicare funding in 2013-14 as a result of several different federal budgetary actions and regulatory payment changes made by Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2009. Nationally, nursing homes and their patients face nearly $4 billion in reductions in 2013-14, and a $65 billion reduction over 10 years, according to the independent health policy advisory firm, Avalere Health.

“It was great to meet with all of the patients, employees and administrators at ManorCare Utica Ridge and see all the wonderful work that is being done there.  Facilities like these are important pillars in our community, providing jobs as well as important services to local residents,” said Congressman Dave Loebsack.  “Having been raised in part by my grandmother, I know first-hand how critical Medicare is to our seniors, which is why I will always fight to preserve and protect it.  I also know how essential it is to help our seniors return home quickly to their families.  It is places like ManorCare that can serve as an example toother healthcare providers when it comes to providing the quality, affordable care that our seniors need.”

ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge treats primarily post-acute care patients in need of short-term rehabilitation or therapy care before returning home to independent living. Participants in today’s tour stressed the increasingly important role of nursing homes in the nation’s evolving healthcare system, particularly among high-acuity, short-stay patients.

“Unfortunately, our current post-acute care system relies on a siloed payment structure that does not achieve efficiency in spending, or do enough to help us sustain our quality improvement initiatives,” Hufsey continued.  “We encourage lawmakers to advance policies that improve patient care and foster stability in a healthsector already under stress due to recent Medicare funding cuts and regulatory payment changes — changes which directly impact our vulnerable nursing home patients, our fragile front-line care workforce, and economically-stressed facilities across Iowa.”

“It will be essential for our Washington leaders to help sustain Medicare funding levels in a manner that ensures the ongoing stability of our facility,” added Hufsey.  “We look forward to working with Congressman Loebsack to ensure his elderly constituents always have access to the quality long term and post-acute care they deserve, and can continue to return homeafter successful rehabilitation as soon as possible.”

The Avalere study projects the 2013-14 budgetary impact on Iowa based on the following major government actions since 2009: Affordable Care Act (ACA) productivity adjustment ($10.8 million cut in 2013); Case-Mix Adjustment in FY 2010 CMS Rule ($11.2 million regulatory reduction in 2013); Forecast Error Adjustment in FY 2011 CMS Rule ($2 million regulatoryreduction in 2013); Sequestration provision of Budget Control Act ($6.6 million cut on January 1, 2013); Bad Debt provision in March 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act ($3.1 million cut 2012-14 beginning October 1, 2012). Additional information and methodology notes available at


Research Shows PSA Test Saves Lives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ZeroHour   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:02

Newly published research from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that the PSA test has life-saving benefits to men of all ages. Without routine PSA testing, the number of men diagnosed with an incurable form of advanced prostate cancer, also referred to as metastatic prostate cancer, would triple.

Many prostate cancer experts believe widespread availability and usage of the PSA test contributed to a prostate cancer death rate reduction by nearly half. Dr. David Samadi, a leading robotic prostatectomy surgeon from The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, points out the precision with which this data supports that claim.

"Today, roughly 8,000 men are diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. To triple that number would, in fact, double the number of men who succumb to the disease each year," he explains.

ZERO has partnered with Dr. Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, to help educate and answer questions from our readers. Look for more content from him in future issues of ZEROHour!

Click Here to Read More from Dr. Samadi on PSA Testing

Prostate Cancer Among African American Men Reaches Epidemic Proportions

The U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution acknowledging that awareness and prevention of prostate cancer is as critical as it's ever been for African American men. The resolution, which was introduced by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), urges federal agencies to address what they're now calling an "epidemic" by supporting education, awareness outreach and research specifically focused on how prostate cancer affects black men.

African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, with one in five men getting the disease during his lifetime. Want to know more about your risk? Read ZERO's fact sheet Ten Things African American Men Should Know About Prostate Cancer.

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Congressman DaveLoebsack to Visit Davenport Nursing Home to See First-Hand the Value of SNFCare in Aiding Seniors’ Rehabilitation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:29

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) will visit a local Davenport skilled nursing facility (SNF) this Wednesday to meet with patients, residents, family members and staff to discuss how and why nursing home care is vital to local seniors’ rehabilitative care, important to the local jobs base, and an essential part of the equation to help bring about efficiencies in federal health care spending.

Representatives from the Iowa SNF community will detail how facilities across the state are evolving to meet the growing needs of an increasingly diverse, rehabilitation-oriented patient population and how Medicare and Medicaid payment policies are impacting post-acute and long term care for the state’s elderly and disabled.

WHO:                           Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA)

Kim Hufsey, Facility Administrator


WHERE:                         ManorCare Health Services –Utica Ridge

3800 Commerce Blvd.

Davenport, IA 52807



WHEN:                          Wednesday, August 8, 2012

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Genesis Is Building Physical Therapy And Sports Rehabilitation Facility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:19
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Aug. 7, 2012 -- Genesis Health System and development partner Build To Suit, Bettendorf, have broken ground for a 10,500-square foot building that will house the Genesis Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at Eastern Avenue and 53rd Street.

Treatment options new to the region will include underwater and anti-gravity treadmills to expedite recovery after surgery or injury.

"This facility will have features unlike any now available in the region for recovery from injury or surgery,'' said Doug Boleyn, outpatient rehabilitation services director, Genesis Health System. "We will also have an emphasis on recovery of athletes or anyone who has suffered an injury while participating in sports.''

The underwater treadmill allows individuals to maximize their recovery potential by returning to functional training, such as walking, running and swimming much earlier in their recovery process and, with significantly less pain. Having the ability to adjust water temperature will allow for muscle relaxation and reduction of joint stiffness with warm temperatures and swelling control with cooler temperatures.

The underwater treadmill will be equipped with video analysis. Swimmers will be able to swim against resistance and runners will be able to train while having mechanics videotaped to decrease the possibility of future injuries and maximize performance.

An anti-gravity treadmill, developed by NASA, uses air pressure in a chamber to gently lift the user and is used primarily for rehabilitation of lower extremity injuries and athletic training.

The facility will have higher ceiling height, a pitching mound, golf net, running lanes and a lounge called the Chill Zone for cool down after workouts. The features will allow athletes greater opportunity for a quicker return to competitive athletics. Sports-specific training will be available.

The Genesis Rehabilitation staff will continue to provide one-on-one individualized care for both acute and chronic pain. Services include treatment for muscle, bone and joint pain, return to work training, pre- and post-operative recovery, balance/dizziness dysfunctions and TMJ/headache pain. A certified hand specialist will continue to restore maximal upper extremity function regardless of the degree of the injury.

Paul Boffeli, vice president and project manager for Built To Suit, said he believes the Genesis facility could stimulate additional development in the area.

"There is a lot of opportunity for additional development on 53rd Street and Eastern Avenue. So far, commercial development has been limited, but we think this project may open the area to other projects,'' Boffeli said.

The building is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 1.


The Right Choice For Iowans? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cassandra Furlong   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:09

If you were offered more health coverage for less money, would you take it?

That’s the question before Iowa policymakers right now. They have the choice to expand the Medicaid program starting in 2014, extending health coverage to nearly 200,000 more Iowans – or they can refuse.

If they do expand coverage to some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens, they could save the state $72 million over the next eight years.  What’s more – the federal government has even agreed to pay 100 percent of the costs to expand the program for the first two years, and no less than 90 percent after that!

Yet Governor Terry Branstad has said he’d rather not.

Tell Gov. Branstad and legislative leaders (Sen. Gronstal, Rep. Paulsen, Rep. Upmeyer) you want the Medicaid expansion to help more hard-working, low-income Iowans gain access to care – including potentially life-saving cancer prevention and early detection screenings.

Expanding the program is a win-win for the state – saving lives and dollars.

Take action today to let policymakers know this is a common-sense solution and a step in the right direction in the fight against cancer.

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