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October 1, 2007

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  • Spread the word about the impact case managers have on patients, families

    As the emphasis has shifted toward the business aspects of health care, some case managers also have shifted their focus from the positive influence they have on patients lives to the impact of case management on the bottom line, Peter Moran, RN, C, BSN, MS, CCM, asserts.
  • Telephonic, face-to-face interventions help seniors

    Chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries are learning to keep their disease under control through Care Improvement Plus's "Special Needs" Medicare Advantage plan that includes telephonic disease management and face-to-face meetings with a nurse case manager.
  • Initiative raises awareness of Tdap recommendations

    A multi-pronged approach to improving immunization rates for members, particularly infants and adolescents, has earned recognition for Independence Blue Cross from the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition (PAIC).
  • Education on postpartum mood disorders needed

    Expectant mothers receive a lot of information over the course of their pregnancy and are sometimes inundated with things to remember. Yet one important message that needs to be stressed is that some may experience postpartum mood disorders that can adversely affect their mental health.
  • Patient access has role in disease management

    The great majority of U.S. health care dollars are spent supporting the chronically ill, yet the traditional focus of hospital care is on the "episode of illness," notes Bob Whipple, RNC, CCM, CCS, MHA, a Boston-based senior management consultant with ACS Healthcare Solutions.
  • When are patients deemed 'unsafe' for home care?

    Discharge planners/case managers are likely to encounter instances in which home care, hospice, and home medical equipment (HME) providers state that they cannot accept patients because they are "unsafe" at home. The use of this term may be confusing to discharge planners/case managers. What is it about patients' homes that make them "unsafe" for them to receive services there? Aren't all patients appropriate for home care?