HD Blog

If you are looking to enter the healthcare industry, you need more than just admissions requirements and step-by-step guides. You need to catch up on what’s happening in healthcare and that changes all the time. 

The HealthcareDegree.com blog tackles topics relevant to both those joining the healthcare field and those already working within it. From updated salary figures to ongoing regulatory battles to interviews with professionals, we cover the issues that matter. Check out some of the posts below to learn more about where the healthcare industry is at right now, where it is headed, and how it all affects you.

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    Speech-Language Pathologists: The Fight for Universal Licensure & Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM)

    April 16, 2021

    The salaries among New York-based SPLs are attractive, ranking the fifth highest in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For students in speech pathology looking to begin their careers in New York, this is welcome news, but for the medical community and citizens of the state, the sharp projected increase in demand for SLPs presents a forthcoming challenge to fill new positions that needs to be addressed.

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    Genetic Counseling and the Fight for H.R. 3235

    April 7, 2021

    There’s intrigue surrounding the prospect of having your DNA analyzed, but discovering one’s genetic predispositions to diseases should be treated seriously.

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    Occupational Therapy Month (2021) & OTs in Action: What to Know About This Growing Profession

    March 29, 2021

    Often, underserved populations are not covered by traditional medical or educational services, yet they still have occupational needs. As a result, some homeless services, housing organizations, and health providers are now bringing in occupational therapists (OTs) as part of their care coordination teams for the homeless population.

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    How Vision Zero is Making American Streets Safer, Healthier, and More Equitable

    February 25, 2021

    This new vision for safety shifts from the traditional approach, in which traffic deaths are viewed as inevitable and a matter of individual responsibility, to a “Vision Zero” approach that is based on the belief that traffic fatalities are preventable through systemic change.

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    Health Equity 101: When Access to Healthy Food is Physically (and Financially) Out of Reach

    February 19, 2021

    There are some proposals to combat food deserts and poor nutrition. First, healthcare providers should talk with their patients about what to eat and where to find it. Second, community initiatives can provide relief through farmers’ markets, food banks, and mobile food vans. Finally, changes at the policy level need to occur to improve infrastructure and incentivize supermarkets to invest in serving low-income, low-access areas.

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    National Save Your Vision Month – An Advocacy Guide for Optometry Professionals

    February 17, 2021

    While these increased risks should mean that Americans should be heading to their optometrists in greater numbers, stay-at-home orders have discouraged individuals from scheduling appointments with their optometrists. Additionally, new safety regulations have caused a bottleneck at many optometry clinics.

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    What is “Flip the Pharmacy”? Resources & Advocacy Guide

    February 11, 2021

    Successful healthcare innovations like the Asheville Project have laid the groundwork for a new initiative, Flip the Pharmacy (FtP), whose goal is to take innovative community-based pharmacy to scale. Participating pharmacies span the nation, and the full program impact aims to influence over 5,000 pharmacy locations over five years.

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    American Heart Month 2021: Expert Interview, Careers & Advocacy

    February 5, 2021

    For years, cardiovascular disease has been the number one cause of death in the US as well as the leading driver of healthcare costs. Such a monumental challenge requires cardiovascular professionals coordinating to look after the heart of America.

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    Issues in Clinical Documentation: Voice Technology and AI

    February 3, 2021

    Together, it’s believed that medical voice technology and artificial intelligence can liberate medical care providers from an immense documentation burden. Patients and providers can rest assured that the care rendered in partnership with these technologies is personal, efficient, effective, and equitable.

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    Racism in the War on Drugs: The Crack-Cocaine vs. Opioid Epidemics

    January 28, 2021

    The opioid crisis in the United States began with the over-prescription of opioids in the 1990s, with pharmaceutical companies skirting concerns that patients could become addicted to opioid pain relievers. As a result, healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates, which led opioids to become the most prescribed class of medications in the country.