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Idea sharing:September 30, 2014, 2:28 pm

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) would like to demonstrate the effectiveness of human services provided to Americans over 60 and disabled Americans, e.g. Meals on Wheels and Metro Access transportation services. One way to do this would be to track hospital visits or admissions or entry into institutionalized care by people who have or have not taken advantage of home and community based services to see if there is a negative correlation between admissions and use of services.

Idea sharing:September 18, 2014, 1:02 am

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How to Maintain Good Eye Health
Don't take your eyes for granted. Protect your sight with these six tips:
1. Eat for Good Vision
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts, studies show. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:
• Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
• Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish

Idea sharing:September 16, 2014, 8:21 am

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Reasons for Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can occur for several reasons:

You won't consume the particular recommended levels of the vitamin with time. This is likely if you follow a new strict vegan diet regime, because the vast majority of natural options are animal-based, which includes fish and also fish skin oils, egg yolks, mozerella, fortified milk, and meat liver.


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    Data on administering health care delivery, enrollment into health insurance plans, and appeals

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    Quality and patient satisfaction data available via APIs for nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, and dialysis centers

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    FOIA-disclosable health care provider data for providers

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