Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) recently launched HeartAware, a free web-based risk assessment program that estimates an individual's risk of cardiovascular disease. Participants identified as being higher-risk are offered a free consultation with a cardiac rehab nurse who conducts a more thorough assessment and prepares a formalized report for the individual to share with their doctor.
Effective December 1, the Cardiac Surveillance Unit (CSU) will become a fully private patient care setting in the East Pavilion. Additional process and design improvements will improve physician and staff workflow.
Earlier this year, NCH Home Care adopted a CMS Final Regulation requiring physicians to document that Face-to-Face encounters have occurred with patients prior to certifying home care eligibility. NCH medical staff members have been responsive, collaborative and supportive during this transition.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new draft recommendations against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer, citing that the test leads to over-treatment. The announcement has stirred opposition from many groups, including NCH's Prostate Advisory Board, who stand behind the value of PSA testing.
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) hosted another Finding Dr. Right® event in which eight medical staff members were introduced to more than 30 area residents looking for a physician that's the right match.