Behavioral Health Ambulance Calls

The prevailing conventional wisdom about ambulance service calls is that most trips involve transporting people with major trauma wounds, or those needing immediate emergency care for serious conditions like cardiac arrest. Despite those perceptions, the data tells us the reasons for calls to emergency squads for transportation are quite varied. And if national statistics are...

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Community Services Boards’ Mental Health Partnership with Hospitals

Virginia’s publicly funded mental health services are available through its 40 Community Services Boards (CSB) that serve the Commonwealth’s 133 counties and cities. CSBs are agents of local governments but work under contracts with Virginia Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Services. By statute, CSBs are single points of entry and major resources for people...

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Virginia Hospitals Support Early Intervention for Success Later in Life

VHHA’s Center for Healthcare Excellence recently embarked on a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Collaborative. Its purpose is to improve the quantity and quality of referrals from hospital providers to early intervention (EI) services for children who are eligible or likely to be eligible for the program. The 18-month Collaborative, funded by the Virginia Board...

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Common Cancer Tests and Cost Effectiveness

“Cancer” remains one of the most frightening words a patient can hear from a diagnosing physician, even after decades of cancer research has led to better survival rates. Improved prevention and treatment are among the reason cancer mortality rates have declined as oncologists continue to gain more insight regarding why and when people get cancer....

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Common Cardiac Tests and Cost Effectiveness

Preventive cardiac care has made considerable strides in the past 30 years. Heart testing and monitoring has become progressively more sophisticated. Prospective studies have researched heart healing and aging. In that time, it has become common practice for people to undergo screening exercise electrocardiograms (ECG), stress testing, or annual ECGs starting in middle age. Moving...

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Nurse Licensure Delays in Virginia

Nurses must meet two requirements to be licensed in Virginia. New nurse graduates must pass the national licensing examination and undergo a live finger print scan. Nurses licensed in another state who wish to practice in Virginia must possess a license in good standing from another state, and they must undergo a live finger print...

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