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September 1, 2010

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  • CMs in primary care practices facilitate care for at-risk members

    Geisinger Health Plan's patient-centered medical home pilot project, which placed case managers in primary care practices, reduced hospital admissions for heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and the frail elderly within six months, and ultimately demonstrated a 20% reduction in hospital readmissions.
  • Close relationship with patients is key to success

    Sonia Hoffman, RN, BSN, a Geisinger Health Plan case manager who works at a primary care clinic, tells the following story of how her interventions kept a woman with severe chronic obstructive disease out of the hospital and avoided unnecessary utilization of health care resources:
  • Opportunities for CMs in changing health care arena

    As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes sweeping changes in the health care environment, case managers have the opportunity to be the critical link between the patients and providers.
  • Case Management Week is your time to shine

    Case Management Week, Oct. 10-16, offers a great opportunity for case managers to educate members of the public and people within their own organizations about case management, says Teri Treiger, RN-C, MA, CCM, CCP, new president of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA).
  • Would you like a 96% participation for HRAs?

    Do you think that better health is enough of a reward for employees who choose to take a health risk assessment? That may not be sufficient, if you want participation rates to brag about.
  • Dig a little deeper after a near-accident

    If you can discover why an employee performed a job incorrectly, which caused a near-miss accident that could have been fatal to other workers, wouldn't this information be priceless to you?
  • Tailor education on heart disease to women

    A one-size-fits-all education about heart disease is not a good strategy, according to Holly Andersen, MD, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.