What is Integrated Care?

For centuries, doctors, patients and even philosophers have thought of mind and body as two separate realms. And in American medicine today, that's usually how they are treated: separate doctors, often at separate facilities, and at separate times.

But a growing awarness of the connected nature of human health is changing that old model. It's called integrated care, and its advocates say it can help people lead longer, better lives.

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What Are Medicaid Block Grants?

Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly say they haven’t given up on expanding Tennessee’s Medicaid program, called TennCare, to include more low-income people. But Republicans, who hold a supermajority of seats, are angling for a different approach, one that relies on block grants. They say their proposal would expand coverage without expanding TennCare. But there's a lot we don't know about the idea, or how it would work.

In this edition of HealthConnections: what block grants are, how they operate, and what they might mean for health coverage in Tennessee.

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The Human-Animal Bond

We take it for granted that pets are miracle workers for your health. In print, on TV and online, pets get credit for reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, reducing stroke risk and even extending our lives. If you’re a pet lover, you’ve probably shared a few of those articles on your social media accounts. As exciting and as affirming as those stories are, there’s a lot we don’t know about how animals affect their human companions. This episode of HealthConnections, includes what we know and don’t know about the human-animal bond.

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Exploring Mindfulness

When you hear the word "mindfulness," what do you think about? A yoga studio, perhaps. Someone sitting, legs crossed, eyes closed, ommmmming their way to enlightenment. Or maybe something strange and unfamiliar. Specific definitions can vary, but in a general sense mindfulness is the experience of living through a moment free of distraction. Experiencing something without your mind veering off to some other tangent - which happens more often than you might think. And it doesn't necessarily require special techniques.

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The Expensive World of Prescription Drugs

A 2017 survey showed more than half of Americans take prescription drugs. If you’re one of them, you probably know prescriptions can be very expensive. But that’s not the case in other industrialized nations. What makes the U.S. different, and how can national leaders address the growing cost of prescription drugs?

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Why Are Resolutions So Hard to Keep?

New Year's Day is the only major holiday dedicated to the passage of time. And just like clockwork, New Year's Day is when many Americans think about making big changes. Losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more organized - new year's resolutions are easy to make, but hard to maintain. Most people that make resolutions fail to keep them. That can feel like a personal failure, but it doesn't have to.

On this edition of HealthConnections, we kick off 2019 with a look at how the brain reacts to new year's resolutions, how habits form, and how to change those habits in the new year.

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Integrating Population Health Content into FNP Program Curriculum

In the current healthcare environment, the healthcare industry has become increasingly focused on population health concerns. While advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are well prepared to contribute to population health by delivering holistic healthcare to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations, they are not engaged in initiatives to improve population health commensurate with their numbers, education, training, experience, and role as primary care providers and essential healthcare team leaders and members. This article discusses the rationale for integrating population health into APRN curricula, one program’s approach to doing so, and preliminary lessons learned from this effort. The three main lessons learned include population health content should be integrated across the curriculum for all APRN cohorts, supplementary population health content should be considered, and opportunities for integrating didactic population health content should be included across the FNP curriculum.

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