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Case Management Advisor – October 1, 2011

October 1, 2011

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  • Pressures escalate to keep patients out of hospital, and ED

    The financial demands on the current healthcare system puts more pressure on case managers to prepare patients for hospital discharge, ensure that they receive care in an appropriate venue, and/or support the patients in managing their chronic illnesses, says Teri Treiger, RN-C, MA, CCM, CCP, a case management consultant based in Holbrook, MA, and past president of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), with headquarters in Little Rock, AR.
  • Coaches help seniors avoid readmissions

    Seniors who are at risk for readmission to the hospital are getting support that helps them stay healthy at home by Care Transitions coaches at SCAN Health Plan, a Long Beach, CA based health plan that provides coverage for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Care guides help patients follow plans

    Care guides who work with patients at Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals & Clinics primary care clinics wear business casual clothes and sit in cubicles in the clinic waiting areas, which makes them accessible to the patients who come to see their doctor.
  • Improved wait times comes from staff

    When it's typical for patients to wait four hours or more to see an emergency physician, and your leave-without-being-seen (LWBS) rate is pushing 10%, you know it's time to rethink the whole process.
  • Study finds high rate of resistant UTIs

    For infants and young children with urinary tract infection (UTI) seen in the emergency department, a simple ultrasound examination might avoid the need for more complex X-ray tests, reports a study in a recent issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
  • Hospitalized patients have new benefit

    Declining rates of hospitalization have discouraged primary care doctors from seeing their patients in the hospital and encouraged the growing use of hospitalists.
  • Spanish pain brochure explains symptoms

    In response to an increasing demand for Spanish-language resources to educate Hispanic Americans about all aspects of chronic pain, the Baltimore, MD-based American Pain Foundation has produced a free brochure available in Spanish and English titled "Explain Your Pain."
  • Make written materials easily accessible

    Making written handouts readily available to clinicians interacting with patients is an important element of patient education.
  • HQA updates data for Hospital Compare