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Assisting Vulnerable Clients to Access Nutritious Food


In February 2014, The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) released a study entitled The Health Consequences of Senior Hunger in the United States: Evidence from the 1999-2010 NHANES. Commissioned by NFESH and conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois. This original researchexamines the correlation between food insecurity and negative health consequences among individuals age 60 and older in the United States over a period of a decade. The findings were definitive. Food insecure seniors “were at higher risk of experiencing negative nutrition and health consequences [emphasis added] than food secure seniors.”  This was found to be true for a wide array of negative health outcomes, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, depression, and asthma.

Voices from the Community: ICD-10-CM and You

The Community invited our colleagues in the nonprofit home health care and hospice field to share their experiences and opinions with our readers. First up is Susan Carmichael, MS, RN, CHCQM, ICM, COS-C, FAIHQ. Susan is the executive vice president, chief compliance officer and chief clinical officer for SelectData. She willl present at VNAA's Southeast Regional Meeting in December on the subject of ICD-10-CM implementation. Below Susan shares her perspective on how agencies can best prepare for coming changes.

ICD-10-CM implementation is looming. It is less than a year until go live. More than code learning is on the line. CMS expects at least 10% of all claims to be rejected for lack of coding specificity or for being incorrect. Are you ready?

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