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NICHE: Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders

As our population in the United States continues to age, it is critical for hospitals to be experts in the care of older adults. NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program in the United States designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. A hospital with NICHE certification is an indication that they have specialized care for older adults and can help you determine what facility can best meet your health care needs. What is NICHE? NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders. Its mission is to provide tools and resources to stimulate a change in culture to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. A NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital’s organizational commitment in improving quality of care. What benefits would I get from going to a NICHE designated hospital for my health care? A Geriatric Nurse Navigator is available to help the patient and his/her family sort through the many issues associated with a hospital stay. Geriatric Resource Nurses (GRNs) work on all inpatient units and throughout the hospital including the Emergency Department, wound healing and surgical services. These nurses have received specialized training in the care of older adults. Geriatric certified pharmacists review medication profiles and make recommendations to the physicians. Physical therapists and occupational therapists perform comprehensive assessments on our older adult patients and make recommendations for care in the hospital as well as after discharge. An interdisciplinary team including pharmacy, rehabilitative services, case management, nursing, and administration meet daily to coordinate the care of our older adult patients with specific disease processes.

Tax Season 2015: Protect Yourself from Fraud

According to the IRS, tax fraud can be committed in a several different ways – including using your Social Security number in order to file a tax return with the purpose of getting a fraudulent refund. Another common fraud tactic occurs when your tax return preparer can claim expenses that you are not entitled to in order to inflate your refund, netting them higher fees. Fraudsters may also use tax season as an opportunity to commit identity theft. The IRS identifies return fraud as one of the most common tax scams to be aware of in the 2015 tax season. According to the IRS, in 2013 alone, the number of criminal investigations in identity-related cases rose by 66 percent over the previous year with a total of 1492 investigations. They caution tax payers to choose their return preparer very carefully – you need someone who understands tax law and who is up to date with the latest changes. An unqualified or inexperienced return preparer, while not out to defraud you intentionally, could cost you a lot of money in the long run because of mistakes. The problem with both mistakes and fraud is that you will be left holding the bag – you might end up paying severe penalties or even facing jail time. Even if you were acting in good faith, you will have to prove that you were scammed and that may be tough to do. How to Beat Tax Fraud Fortunately, you are not completely defenseless against these criminals. Do your research before finding a tax accountant. In most cases, doing your homework properly upfront will enable you to protect yourself: Start […]

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