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May 1, 2021

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  • PATH-s Tool Helps Caregivers Understand What Is Needed

    Researchers developed a transition care tool that helps caregivers better understand their role and what is expected of them in supporting and caring for patients. A new study on the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home After Stroke revealed what caregivers understand about patients’ disease and their own role.

  • The Balancing Act: Patient Satisfaction and the Hospital Bottom Line

    In some ways, it seems that it is nearly impossible to please both the hospital administration and the patients and their families, especially in times of crisis. However, the case manager is in a unique position to bring both along — assuming they have the right tools to do so. Without the help of a wise and invested hospital case manager, the chances of a positive experience for the patient are lower, and hospital spending is more likely to be higher.

  • Health System Nursing Students Follow Up with High-Risk Patients During Pandemic

    Health systems and their case management or population health departments could benefit from providing student nurses with clinical experience opportunities, such as calling complex care patients for follow-up. Nursing students, following a script aimed at assessing social determinants of health, contacted the high-risk patients of UC San Diego Health.

  • Technology Can Help Patients with Self-Care of Pain

    Patients experiencing chronic pain could improve their self-care by using a novel, digital pain management tool, according to the results of a recent study. The Manage My Pain app was part of a study that included chronic pain participants in both urban and rural pain clinics. Researchers wanted to find out if the app would help with patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in which in-person patient visits dropped to a small percentage overnight.

  • Keeping an Eye on Mental Health

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly 20% of U.S. adults were living with a mental illness in 2019 — and that percentage shockingly doubled to 40% in 2020. For young adults in particular, the rate of suicidal thoughts rose to an alarming 25%. Since hospital case managers typically have a front-row view of what is happening in the healthcare world, they no doubt have seen these statistics firsthand.

  • Hospital at Home Model Benefits from Traditional QI Approach

    The Hospital at Home care model is gaining favor with hospitals and health systems as a way to provide hospital-level care in a patient’s home while lowering costs by almost one-third and reducing complications. The approach is receiving more attention now as a way to avoid asking patients to come to the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.