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  • 07/01/2016 10:10 pm

    Affirmative Care for LGBT Individuals

    pride flagBecause of positive momentum in a variety of legal and social areas, it is sometimes possible to forget that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are still marginalized in this society. Events like the tragedy in Orlando serve as harsh reminders that the LGBT community still struggles with the negative consequences of homophobia and transphobia. Read More

  • 01/12/2016 11:03 pm

    Death Rates on the Rise

    Death Rates on Rise

    A recent study by Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case found that death rates are on the rise for middle-aged white Americans, particularly those with lower educational levels. Looking at mortality data from the Centers for Disease ...

  • 11/25/2015 8:34 pm

    Take Time to Listen

    Take Time to Listen

    The holiday season can be stressful.  Often we don’t seem to have enough time, money or patience as we try to buy the right present or see the right people. 

    Many of us also want to give to those in need so we take on extra tasks.  Much of our time is spent thinking about the future (what I n...

  • 11/20/2015 5:39 pm

    Unplugged Parenting

    Unplugged Parenting

    In today’s busy, fast-paced world, parents have many demands that compete for their time and attention. Because many of these demands are inevitable, like jobs and housekeeping, parents often struggle to find time to connect with their children on a regular basis. Children of all ages seek one thing from their ...

  • 11/16/2015 11:25 pm

    Good and Cheap Cookbook

    We know that eating well plays an important role in recovery.  Eating appropriate and nutritious foods ensures that our bodies have the fuel and building blocks we need to stay healthy and active.  However, eating well on a limited budget is a significant challenge for many of our clients.  Our stores are filled with cheap and quick to prepare processed foods.  Many of these prepared foods contain unhealthy amounts of salt, fats, and sugar.

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  • 10/23/2015 6:04 pm

    Successful Transition to ICD-10/ DSM-5

    ICD-10October 1, 2015 was the deadline for all healthcare providers across the United States to switch to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) – also known as ICD-10 – for billing purposes.  The ICD-10 codes are used to describe the condition the healthcare provider is treating. 

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  • 10/13/2015 9:31 pm

    Walla Walla County Jail Inmates Get New Behavioral Health Services

    Inmates get services

    Many inmates in the Walla Walla County Jail suffer from mental health or chemical dependency illnesses. In response, the Walla Walla County Department of Corrections has instituted new programs to provide behavioral health treatment and support for inmates.  Using funds from a 0.1% sales tax started in 2012, inmates will be screened...

  • 07/20/2015 5:59 pm

    A Moment for Parents


    Parenting is said to be the hardest task someone will ever undertake. It is also said that parenting is the most rewarding task we will ever undertake. Both statements are true but there are skills that can be learned that make the rewards worth all the work.

    One of these parenting skills is Special Time. It is well understood that children respond positively to positive attention. Special Time teaches that a daily structured one on one time with each child can have very posi...

  • 07/10/2015 9:43 pm

    Comprehensive Commits to Meaningful Use


    In 2009 Meaningful Use was introduced as part of the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  Meaningful Use is a voluntary incentive program meant to encourage the adoption of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR).  It provides a set of measures and standards for collecting and storing critical patient information.  Each calendar year eligible professionals (Dr.’s ARNP, PA’s) must attest to successfully meeting...

  • 07/07/2015 6:50 pm

    Three Key Steps to Reduce Hospital Readmission

    Pasco Team

    Three key steps for reducing hospital readmission.

    Hospital stays are never fun.  People poke and prod, the food is not great, and let’s face it, you’re either hurt or sick. I have never heard of anyone who wants a quick trip back to the hospital, but that is exactly what happens to 1 in 5 individuals as reported by the Center of Medicaid and Medicare...

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