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March 1, 2009

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  • Hospitalist case managers save money, bed days for IPA

    After Sharp Community Medical Group placed its own case managers in hospitals to help the hospitalists manage their patients, overall bed days were reduced by 12%, saving the independent practice association (IPA) about $4 million.
  • Medical group CMs coordinate care

    At Sharp Community Medical Group, case managers work in a variety of settings to make sure that patients are getting the care they need in a timely manner and to ensure continuity of care as patients move through the continuum.
  • 'Senior Sensitivity' training helps staff understand

    Before they start their job managing the care of senior members, case managers at Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan try to sort pills while wearing heavy gloves, strain to understand a speaker whose voice is muffled, and fill out a medical information form while wearing special glasses that simulate vision loss.
  • A small-scale wellness program got big results

    Because the average UPS driver walks four and one-half miles a day, you'd think it would be difficult to convince them to come in early for a two-mile warm-up walk, but they do. This is just one example of how the company's Petaluma, CA, facility succeeded in changing the lifestyles of its workers.
  • Let employees decide how to be safer and healthier

    Instead of management telling UPS employees how to improve their health and safety, the company's 12,000 frontline employees, who sit on more than 3,000 "comprehensive health and safety process" committees, decide that for themselves.
  • Needlestick benchmark can be safety 'snapshot'

    Suppose needlesticks at one of your health care facilities rose this year compared to last year. That doesn't sound so good. Clearly things are not going in the right direction. But you need more information to understand what's happening. You need a benchmark for your needlesticks.
  • Are sleepy workers a threat to safety, productivity?

    About one-third of 1,000 workers said they had fallen asleep or become very sleepy at work in the previous month, according to a recent National Sleep Foundation survey.
  • Simple changes can benefit shift workers

    Shift workers are at higher risk for injuries, accidents, and absenteeism, but simple work schedule changes can improve the health of these employees, according to a new review of 26 studies of shift workers, including autoworkers, nurses, and chemical plant employees.
  • Employees might be going to India for surgery

    Wellpoint is testing a program that allows patients the option of going to India for elective surgery, according to The New York Times.
  • Telephone may be effective in weight loss maintenance

    Face-to-face and telephone follow-up sessions appear to be more effective in the maintenance of weight loss for women from rural communities compared with weight loss education alone, according to a report in the Nov. 24 Archives of Internal Medicine.