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August 1, 2012

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  • Want good results? Coordinate medical, behavioral case management

    Recognizing that medical problems and behavioral health issues are often intertwined, payers and providers are coordinating behavioral health and medical health case management.
  • Integrating medical, mental CM saves money

    In the past, if a member of Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP) in Albany, NY, was hospitalized for a suicide attempt and ended up in the intensive care unit, or was hospitalized with a medical problem and diagnosed with a behavioral health issue as well, the medical case manager would give him or her a referral to a toll-free number for an out-of-state vendor that provided behavioral health management for the health plan.
  • Integrated CM cuts ED visits, hospitalization

    Since Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester, MA, began integrating medical case management and mental health case management, members in the health plan's Medicaid HMO with medical issues have experienced fewer inpatient days and emergency department visits and those in behavioral health have less need for unplanned medical care, says Dena Miller, RN, MSN, vice president of clinical innovation and implementation for the health plan.
  • CMs, MDs collaborate on depression care

    A collaborative approach in which primary care physicians and nurse case managers work with patients with depression has resulted in a 50% improvement of scores on a depression questionnaire among patients who were part of a pilot project at UC Davis Family Medicine in Sacramento.
  • Study: ED care should fit unique needs

    To keep a lid on costs, health care policy experts recognize that hospitals need to find more effective ways to manage transitions. The care coordination piece can be particularly problematic in the fast-paced ED setting, and yet it can make a big difference in determining whether a patient receives appropriate follow-up after an acute event and whether he or she is back in the ED within days or weeks with another acute exacerbation of the same issue.
  • NQF endorses chronic conditions measures

    As the National Committee for Quality Assurance hopes that all-cause readmission rate reporting by health plans will assist in creating more consideration of patient care across the continuum, the National Quality Forum (NQF) hopes a new measurement framework for multiple chronic conditions will likewise help improve care in and out of the hospital.