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May 1, 2013

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  • Primary care — the new frontier for case managers?

    As payers and providers recognize the value of care coordination for people with chronic conditions and complex care needs, opportunities are opening up for case managers in primary care practices.
  • Embedded CMs cut admissions, LOS

    Since Advocate Health Care began embedding case managers in primary care offices, hospital admissions and emergency department visits have decreased and length of stay has dropped, says Sharon Rudnick, vice president of outpatient care management for the Chicago-based health system.
  • Embedded CMs work with health plan CMs

    Aetna started partnering with physician practices to improve outcomes by coordinating care in 2007 before the term accountable care came into use, says Randall Krakauer, MD, national medical director for Aetna Medicare.
  • Care coordination generates savings

    A study of three primary care practices that participate in Cignas Collaborative Accountable Care model, which includes care coordination for at-risk patients, showed significant cost savings and improved quality of care when compared with other practices in the same geographic area.
  • Faster care for sickle cell patients in the ED

    Great strides have been made in the treatment of sickle cell disease, the inherited blood disorder that occurs most commonly in African-Americans. Patients with the disease used to die before reaching adulthood, but today many patients live well into their 40s and beyond.
  • CMS pilots discharge planning, quality surveys

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started pilot testing of two more survey tools to go with the infection control pilot it began testing last year.
  • TJC certifies primary care medical homes

    Hospitals that have physician offices connected to and affiliated with them now have another option for getting certified for a Primary Care Medical Home. Along with programs run by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), The Joint Commission started offering such certification in late February.
  • South Carolina hospitals collaborate on safety

    The Joint Commissions Center for Transforming Healthcare has started working with 20 hospitals in South Carolina to improve their safety by examining systems, processes, and structures in an effort to minimize variability in practices.