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Hospital Stays – Know Your Rights

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CARA executive director Jodi Reid addresses a workshop for retirees at the Redding Library on April 12 regarding patient rights during hospital stays.

Are you facing an upcoming hospital stay? Premature discharge is a huge problem, and a bit of advanced planning can make a world of difference when it is time for you to return home.

The California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) had much to say in their recent special workshop. The big overall? Record this telephone number:

Livanta – California Medicare Appeals Helpline: 1-877-588-1123

You can receive assistance to appeal a discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. You can also file complaints regarding the quality of Medicare-covered services.

Livanta is your national advocate if you feel you are being discharged prematurely from a hospital. Making the call will start your file and stop your discharge until it is cleared up by the hospital staff and a Livanta representative.

PLAN AHEAD

I. Hospital stays for surgeries etc.
Get detailed info ASAP and as much as possible from a health care provider before you are admitted, and about what is involved post-visit. Most people still don’t do this for themselves or loved ones and it leads to problems like living conditions in recovery and with accessibility/mobility. Hospitals aren’t good at communicating this to patients, or don’t have enough staff to do it properly.
  • Have a family member/friend record any conversations about your care pre- and post-visit with a smartphone device etc.
II. Discharge
Hospitals are notoriously understaffed on weekends. They are required to have a discharge planner coordinate a safe discharge for you either through a social worker, nurse, or the hospital discharge planner. The problem is most hospitals discharge patients too quickly and try to do it on Fridays to reduce bed counts. You may end up back in the hospital because of this. Hospitals can be fined up to $10,000 if a patient re-enters the hospital within 30 days of an unsafe discharge.
This behavior is so pervasive that Medicare now contracts with a third party (Livanta) to make sure you have a safe discharge. Medicare pays for you to appeal your discharge. This is a secret hospitals don’t want you to know about.
Should you end up at a skilled nursing facility for recovery, Medicare pays in full for the first 100 days. Medicare also pays for hospice services.
III. Make sure you are fully “admitted” into the hospital- not held for “observation”
Observation is a way hospitals attempt to get around not having to pay the possible $10,000 fine should an unsafe discharge be identified. Placed under observation rather than full admission could lead to a huge bill you are not covered for and probably cannot afford.
Medicare does not pay while you are under observation because those services are considered outpatient care.  Do not sign or authorize anything until you see an admission slip. You are not admitted into the hospital until you sign this piece of paper.
Be an assertive patient. Know your rights.

City of Anderson to begin ADA access upgrades

By the end of June, work will begin to improve Americans with Disabilities Act parking access at the popular Anderson River Park, top city management and staff told the Disability Action Center at a recent meeting in Anderson City Hall.

The work should take about a month to complete, city engineer Dave Durette said, which will include moving ADA spaces to more level ground, the installation of a new paved path from the relocated parking spaces leading to the busy fishing access entrance, up-to-date signage and signature blue and white painted striping.

City Manager Jeff Kiser said the improvements will total about $20,000.

Kiser stated the city hopes to work with DAC in the future on a comprehensive ADA improvement plan at the park, which could total up to $150,000.

“Anderson River Park is probably the No. 1  destination spot for weekend recreation for all of Shasta County that offers direct river access,” Kiser said. “There is definitely a need for these (ADA) improvements.”

At the meeting, Kiser also pledged to join the new ADA Transition Committee for Shasta County-North, which will meet once a month at the DAC office in Redding, 1600 West Street. The committee will address ADA-related issues like access to public transportation, local, state, and federal legislation, and healthcare, to name just a few, and is still seeking members. Call DAC at 530-242-8550 for more details.

Rockets & Robots!

Come Join the Fun!

The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs. The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way. 

The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot.  Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10.  You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!

Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director

R&R Brochure

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

Rockets & Robots!

Congratulations Alex Buchko!

Alex recently won the Department of Energy’s Science Bowl regional championship in Redding. Alex is team captain of Parsons Junior High School Team 1. The team will now head to Washington D.C. in April to compete in the national championship match.

Alex is a Rockets & Robots Science Club member. He is 13 years old and, like most kids his age, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics! Alex wants to be an inventor.

The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs. The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way. 

The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot.  Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10.  You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!

Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

Thanks Giving

DAC_logo_iconTo all those who make a difference in the lives of others; thank you.  To all those who donate their time and energy into Disability Action Center; thank you.  To all those who bring in supplies and equipment to recycle that is given back out to others in our communities; thank you.

Rockets & Robots at the Mini-Maker Faire in Redding November 12, 2016

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The mission of the Rockets & Robots Club is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs.

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Some of the club topics will be:

  • Model Rockets
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Legos
  • Natural Science

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These are some of the images from the Mini-Maker Faire.  Children enjoying the faire, and booth at the Civic Center on Saturday with Violet.

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A robot that follows lines showcased by Russ.

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If you are interested in more information, or having your child join R&R, please contact Russ.  Email-> russ@actionctr.org

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Thank you to Banner Buzz

Disability Action Center, along with Rockets & Robots Science Club for Kids with Autism would like to thank the generous donation of a banner from Banner Buzz.

The banner will be displayed at the upcoming Mini-Maker’s Faire on November 12, 2016 at the Redding Civic Auditorium.  If you would like to see more work from Banner Buzz, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.bannerbuzz.com/  Thank you!

AT for Gardening

Check out the new selection of gardening equipment in DAC’s Device Lending Library!  Just in time for Fall planting.

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Potted Plant Mover with 2 Wheels           Item Number 160872

Ergonomic Steel Bulb Auger                        Item Number 161162

Walnut and Pecan Picker Upper                Item Number 160908

Snappy Grip Ergonomic Handles                Item Number 160915

Thermoskins Arthritis Gloves                      Item Number 160877

Ergo Mates Strapping Cushion for Shoes Item Number 161031

 

Deborah Uhl

AT Coordinator

Disability Action Center

1600 West Street

Redding, CA  96001

(530)242-8550

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