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July 1, 2013

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  • On-the-job training won’t cut it any more, experts say

    Once upon a time, new case managers received their training and orientation as they rotated through the case management department.
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  • Tailor training to role of CM in your hospital

    Theres no one size fits all for case management training, which means that hospitals need to create their own training and orientation process based on the specific responsibilities of the department, says Beverly Cunningham, RN, MS, vice president of resource management at Medical City Dallas Hospital. What is covered will vary from hospital to hospital, depending on the role of case management, she adds.
  • Choose your new case managers carefully

    At UPMC, an integrated healthcare system with headquarters in Pittsburgh, new case managers spend time on the floor observing a case manager, go through classroom training, then work with a preceptor before going out on their own.
  • CM training includes education, preceptor

    At UPMC, an integrated healthcare system with headquarters in Pittsburgh, new case managers spend time on the floor observing a case manager, go through classroom training, then work with a preceptor before going out on their own.
  • Proposed rule clarifies admission policies

    In the Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its long-standing policy on how Medicare contractors review inpatient admissions for payment purposes and continued its emphasis on basing reimbursement on quality.
  • Proposed IPPS rule focuses on quality

    The continuing shift toward basing hospital reimbursement on quality emphasized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for 2014 raises the stakes for hospitals, especially those that treat a lot of Medicare patients.
  • Continue focusing on documentation, status

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) is subject to change, but hospital case managers still should familiarize themselves with the rule and determine the impact, says Ralph Wuebker, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for Executive Health Resources, a Newton Square, PA, physician advisor company.
  • Group seeks the root cause of readmissions

    Faced with high readmission rates and patients who made multiple visits to the emergency department and were hospitalized frequently, a multidisciplinary team at Lehigh Valley Health Network began analyzing the cases of frequent utilizers one at a time, getting to the root cause of the readmissions, and developing a plan to keep them out of the hospital and emergency department.
  • Case study shows program’s success