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The Future of Telehealth

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 29, 2021 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in the age of telehealth. Perhaps too quickly in many cases, but most clinicians agree that without the nudge from COVID-19 they never would have encouraged the widespread use of telehealth. The coronavirus changed that in an instant, significantly accelerating the adoption of telebehavioral health services. Statewide lockdowns forced providers to find virtual means of meeting with clients and appointments were moved to the telephone and /or video chats.

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Topics: Technology Speak, healthcare

Burnout

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 8, 2021 10:34:31 AM

Health care social workers who support medical professionals are reporting a dramatic increase in burnout in America's nursing community.  They say that the rapidly escalating surge in COVID-19 infections across the U.S. has caused a shortage of nurses and other front-line staff in virus hot spots that can no longer keep up with the flood of unvaccinated patients and are losing workers to burnout.

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Topics: public health, healthcare, what social workers do, Covid-19, Pandemic, social issues

Recovery Online...Here to Stay

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 31, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Not long ago, addiction recovery meant signing in to a “rehab”, attending daily meetings with your peers, intensive face-to-face therapy sessions with an addiction therapist, and reading the Big Book to guide you along the 12-Step path. The recovery process could take months or even years before the addict or alcoholic was declared ready to go it alone. Then, the pandemic.

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Topics: mental health, healthcare, Pandemic, addiction recovery

The Ethics of Arbitrage

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 16, 2020 10:05:25 AM

The nation's health care system is once again faced with overwhelming need pressing against limited resources. Medical professionals, including health care social workers, are forced to make hard choices that test the ethical boundaries of medical arbitrage. The scenarios below are all real-life situations communicated to GVT by health care social workers in the past month.

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Topics: social workers, public health, healthcare, Covid-19

COVID-19 The Future of Nursing Homes

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM

With 88% of 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid-eligible nursing homes reporting as of May 31, Medicare officials rolled out a federal database showing that the nation's nursing homes had 95,515 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 58,288 suspected cases, and more than 31,782 deaths among residents and staff. The Kaiser Family Foundation quickly amended the government’s admittedly incomplete statistics reporting more than 43,000 deaths, over a third of the nation’s known coronavirus deaths.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, healthcare, senior care, Covid-19

Pandemic 2020 - Take a Moment to Think

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 1, 2020 10:22:55 AM

The Corona Virus pandemic has swooped down on the human race like a tornado onto a small Midwestern trailer park. Its impact has been sudden, uncontrollable, devastating, life-changing, and fear inducing. The entire human race has reacted.

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Topics: healthcare, Industry News

2019 - The Year in Review

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 6, 2020 7:51:02 PM

Throughout 2019, we endeavored weekly to tell the social worker's story in a way that chronicled the impact of your dedicated efforts on the welfare of the American family.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social workers, healthcare

Tidal Wave:  the Aging Baby Boomer Healthcare Crisis Revisited

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 21, 2019 4:46:09 PM

In our 2015 report, The Aging Tidal Wave, we dealt with the healthcare crisis that was about to overwhelm the long-term care industry. The aging baby-boomer population was growing rapidly while the number of caregivers was actually declining.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, nonprofit funding, nonprofit, healthcare, healthcare issues

Transitioning from Fee-For-Service To Value-Based Healthcare

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 4, 2019 12:55:50 PM

The United States has the highest costs for healthcare of any industrialized nation and some of the worst health outcomes. The traditional fee-for-service model of delivery and payment is now seen as an ineffective model in terms of health and well-being. It is considered part of the reason the United States has such a poor healthcare ranking.

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Topics: public health, healthcare, healthcare issues

Public Health Social Workers Speak Out

Posted by GVT Admin on May 14, 2019 3:31:29 PM

Our recent blog on the true cost of healthcare ignited a robust response from social workers who specialize in public health. This relatively new but growing social work specialty stresses a socio-epidemiological approach to the prevention and management of the chronic diseases that plague our society.

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Topics: human services, social services, social workers, public health, healthcare, healthcare issues

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