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June 1, 2010

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  • Assistive technology can benefit clients in multiple situations

    Assistive technology can make life better for everyone and help people live independently in a safe environment, whether they have a catastrophic illness or injury or are elderly with cognitive and/or vision issues, says Hunter Ramseur, MEd, LPC, CDMS, ATP, principal of Atlanta-based Assistive Technology Consulting LLC.
  • Reform offers challenges for CMs

    Once the details are ironed out, health care reform will offer great opportunities for case managers in a variety of settings, says Margaret Leonard, MS, RN-B, C, FNP, senior vice president for clinical services at Hudson Health Plan and outgoing president of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA).
  • Care coordination for Medicaid high-users

    Medicaid recipients who are "frequent fliers" are getting help with their medical, behavioral health, and psychosocial needs through a pilot project developed by Hudson Health Plan and the New York State Department of Health.
  • Workers' comp: Getting the devil out of the details

    Trying to determine exactly what drives your biggest workers' compensation costs? The devil is in the details.
  • Rewarding workers for lack of injuries is risky

    Have you learned that back injuries are the top cost drivers in workers' compensation cases at your workplace? Imagine the impact of giving incentives to various departments if zero injuries are reported within a certain time period. Or then again, maybe not.
  • Use team approach to ID workers' comp costs

    Consider yourself a member of the "workers' compensation team" as a strategy to reduce costs, says Mary (Penny) B. Nicholls, RN, CCM, COHN-S, a disability consultant with Alabama Power Company in Birmingham and a member of the advisory board for the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Is wellness data too dismal to share? Don't be so sure

    Imagine showing higher-ups statistics indicating that thousands of dollars were spent on a weight loss program you implemented recently, but unfortunately, none of the participants actually lost any pounds. Or would you be eager to spread the news that only two employees attended a diabetes lunch-and-learn?
  • PAPRs end frustration of fit-test failures

    At DuBois (PA) Regional Medical Center, employees were failing N95 fit tests in alarming numbers. In the cardiology department, about 46% of employees failed fit-tests even after trying a variety of models and sizes. Things weren't much better in anesthesia (35%), cardiovascular ICU (34%), or the emergency department (26%).