How a near fatal accident uncovered a broken home care system

Ron Gold Speaking at TEDx NJIT

When a head-on bicycling crash with an SUV crushed my spine and left me a paraplegic in 2011, I found very little inspiration from my very broken body. That is, until I realized how my broken body could be the impetus to help fix America’s broken home care system.


If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast

Most Orion members are providing services to the elderly who are infirm or declining and need the help we provide. Sometimes we need to look around at those who are aging but vital. Unfortunately many elderly are patronized as a result of the ageism that exists in this society.

The following link will take you to a trailer for an HBO special that recently aired. It was upbeat and great fun. Take the time to view the entire program, it will make you smile.

If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (HBO Documentary Films)

Subscribe to the HBO Docs YouTube: If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast premieres Monday, June 5 at 8PM, only on HBO. HBO Docs on Facebook: HBO Docs on Twitter: HBO Documentary Films homepage: HBO Documentary Films on HBO GO® HBO Documentary Films on Connect: It’s HBO.



Tips for Seniors to Avoid Scams

This article  (Copyright 2016 – News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.) appeared in the online CPA Practice Advisor online publication, discusses proactive initiatives taken in Greensboro, North Carolina to teach senior citizens the warning signs of fraud at free training sessions, then encourage them to spread the information to their friends and neighbors. Perhaps we might be interested in offering a similar program in the greater NY area?


Submitted by Perry Shulman, CPA   12/30/2016



Pharmacy Electronic Medical Records (PEMR) — Revolutionizing the Medical Profession

emrThe current medical reimbursement landscape is changing and is being heavily
influenced by a patient-centric model. The key: keep individuals healthy while not
needing to readmit them into hospitals. It is now a well-documented reality in modern
civilization that medication prolongs, and in many cases, saves lives. However, the sad
truth today is that roughly half of the prescriptions written in the United States go unfilled
every year, which leads to the inference that this rate is much higher in the developing
– Many patients are simply unaware that their medicine is due for a refill
– The pharmacy or physician never informs them
– Patient decides on an alternative medication therapy

As a result, all too many individuals go without potentially lifesaving medication on a
daily basis, and this is a tragedy of the system as it currently stands.
A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that “One in eight Medicare
patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released after
surgery in 2010, while one in six patients returned to the hospital within a month of
leaving the hospital after receiving medical care. Patients were not significantly less
likely to be readmitted in 2010 than in 2008.” Furthermore, this report points out that
many readmissions can be avoided.

USNews and World Report stated in 2015 that “Half of U.S. Hospitals Face Medicare’s
Readmission Penalties” and that “Hospitals that readmit patients within a month of their
discharge face penalties under Medicare that cost them more than $400 million.”

This can all change with the rapid implementation of the pharmacy electronic medical records. Read more…