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Mary O'Hara

Mary O'Hara is the Healthcare Marketing Manager at GA Foods. Mary communicates how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through blogs, emails, and presentations. She enjoys learning new recipes and preparing healthy meals for her friends and family!
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Help Your Patients to Recover Faster At Home

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 8, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Hospitals face many challenges when patients are discharged. Some concerns include if patients understand their care plan and need for follow up appointments. Will your patients have access to healthy meals when they return home? What if they are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves? 

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and inadequate nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relapse and readmission.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Post Discharge

Telemedicine Benefits For Case Managers and Members

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 27, 2018 11:04:55 AM

Case managers are often on the front lines of telemedicine. They have the expertise to provide help to their members, or patients, on managing chronic conditions or treating minor illnesses by phone or virtual online visits. 

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is proven to be a cost-effective alternative to traditional doctor office visits. There are various studies that find telemedicine can help lower hospital readmissions and reduce healthcare costs. 

An increasing number of health plans across the U.S. are expanding their benefits to include telemedicine services for their members. Plans like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare are examples of those offering these services. In fact, 76 percent of health systems have or will be implementing consumer telehealth in some capacity by December 2018.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthcare Research, Care Managers

How Good Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 13, 2018 11:10:12 AM

Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Health care professionals are always looking for better ways to keep members out of the hospital and to reduce their length of stay. Yet, the role of nutrition remains poorly understood by providers, administrators, and payers. One of the leading causes for readmission to the hospital is malnutrition. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors

How a Positive Attitude Benefits the Aging Process

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 2, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Adopting a positive attitude can go far in dealing with the changes associated with aging. In fact, according to Kaiser Health News, those who have a positive outlook on aging live 7.5 years longer. Studies show that older adults who hold negative stereotypes about aging tend to walk more slowly, experience memory problems, and recover less fully from a fall or fracture.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Healthy Meals for Seniors, aging in place

Why Seniors Refuse Home Health Services After A Hospital Stay

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Apr 11, 2018 10:29:14 AM

As a case manager, you do your best to help your members to live independently.  As many as 28 percent of those eligible for home health care turn down these services. By refusing needed services, the odds of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 to 60 days can double.

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Why More Seniors are Signing Up for Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Those enrolled in original Medicare could be pleased to learn about the benefits of switching to a Medicare Advantage plan. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Post Discharge, Senior Health Plans

Medicare - Which Plan Should You Choose?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Medicare open enrollment is happening right now, so it's time to enroll in a Medicare plan by going to the Medicare.gov website. Open enrollment closes on December 7, and new Medicare coverage begins on January 1, 2018. 

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Topics: Medicare, Healthcare Research, Senior Health Plans, Senior Nutrition

Providing Emergency Meals for Hurricane Victims - During a Hurricane!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 11, 2017 2:45:37 PM

Shane Vansant (right) and Joshua Howard hand out food to Hurricane Irma survivors at a supply
distribution point in Key West, Florida on Monday, September 18, 2017. Photo by J.T. Blatty/FEMA

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Topics: Military, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster, Hurricane Relief

When Workplace Stress Sends You Running for Cover!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the most general sense, workplace stress is a mismatch between the demands made of an employee and that employee's ability to carry out those demands. In other words, workplace stress is at its peak when job demands are highest and the employee's actual (or perceived) ability to carry out those demands are at their low point. 

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Topics: Reduce Stress, Stress, Care Managers, Caregiver Burnout

Let Us Take Nutrition Care Off Your Plate!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jul 12, 2017 11:02:45 AM

We know avoiding hospitalizations is a top priority for health plans. One way to keep your members out of the hospital, and to reduce the chance of readmission, is to prevent malnutrition. In fact, roughly one-third of patients who are not malnourished at admission will become so during their stay. Weight loss, being underweight, and failure-to-thrive/malnutrition have all been associated with readmission within 30 days of discharge.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition, Post Discharge, Senior Nutrition

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