Aug. 26, 2015

Risk factors can ID patients more likely to be readmitted
Physician's Briefing
Patients at greatest risk for an unplanned hospital readmission include those with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, those discharged on Fridays, and those with a high number of previous emergency department visits, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Anja Braet M.D., from KU Leuven-University of Leuven in Belgium, and colleagues analyzed data from the Belgian Hospital Discharge Dataset (1,130,491 patients discharged in 2008) in order to identify patient and hospital factors contributing to readmission rates. More

Register now for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference
Register now for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference, Nov. 16-17 in Anaheim, California. Sessions will examine where case management intersects with finance, technology and human resources — discussing what new case management leaders need to know to work effectively in these areas as well as opportunities for case management advancement in each. Register by October 19th and SAVE $100! Register today at

Celebrate National Case Management Week 2015
NCMW: Oct. 11-17

National Case Management Week (NCMW) is a great time to recognize your coworkers and staff for their dedication and service. The theme this year is "Case Management: A Patient's Partner in Healthcare."

Ensure you have everything you need to celebrate NCMW on October 11-17 — to see the NCMW 2015 logo and a large selection of NCMW items, visit the online store — click here.More

ACMA Career Link: Featured job
ACMA's Career Link provides an invaluable resource for case management professionals to research employment opportunities. Go to to search open positions, such as this week's featured job:

Manager of Case Management
Miami Children's Health System
Miami, Florida
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Patient navigators tied to shorter hospital stays
Physician's Briefing
Use of patient navigators as inpatient care facilitators shortens hospital length of stay, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Janice L. Kwan, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues evaluated a PN program's effects on communication between patients and providers during general medical hospital admission — July 2010 through March 2014.More

Pulmonologist visits related to COPD rehospitalization outcomes
MD Magazine
For patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) related complications, failing to see pulmonologists after discharge was found to increase readmission risk threefold, researchers reported in CHEST. According to an American College of Chest Physicians press release, COPD accounts for a large portion of hospital activity —' 500,000 admissions —' and healthcare costs — $18 billion — annually.More

Study: Medicare ACOs vary in how they spend savings, though many aren't reporting plans
Healthcare Finance
While accountable care organizations in Medicare's Shared Savings Program must publicly show not only the amount of savings they generate, but what they also plan to do with the cash, a new report published in the American Journal of Managed Care found that just over half of ACOs shared plans on how they'll allocate savings. At the same time, how ACOs spend their surpluses varies. More

Paramedics aren't just for emergencies
Wall Street Journal
Paramedics, who race to emergencies and transport victims to the nearest ER, are taking on a new role: keeping patients out of the hospital. An initiative, called community paramedicine, is training the fast responders in chronic disease management, medication compliance and home safety. Paramedics are then sent on scheduled house calls to frail and elderly patients or those who have trouble managing chronic conditions like heart failure and diabetes. More

Healthcare: The new battleground in worker recruiting battles
Denver Business Journal
Colorado Community Health Network leaders are looking to fill 90 provider positions at the organization's 170 statewide clinics, and health care leaders across the spectrum say a hiring need of that size is no longer surprising — in fact, it may be the new norm. As more people become insured due to the federal Affordable Care Act, hospitals, health clinics and physicians' practices all are dealing with a hiring crunch as they try to staff up and take care of the new flow of customers. More

Why your doctor won't friend you on Facebook
Kaiser Health News
Doctors’ practices are increasingly trying to reach their patients online. But don't expect your doctor to "friend" you on Facebook — at least, not just yet. Physicians generally draw a line: Public professional pages — focused on medicine, similar to those other businesses offer — are catching on. Some might email with patients. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with patients, or even to advise them on medication or treatment options via private chats. More

Study: 2 million exchange enrollees miss out on cost-sharing assistance
Kaiser Health News
More than 2 million people with coverage on the health insurance exchanges may be missing out on subsidies that could lower their deductibles, copayments and maximum out-of-pocket spending limits, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health. Those who may be missing out are people with incomes between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,770 to $29,425). Under the health law, people at those income levels are eligible for cost-sharing reductions that can substantially reduce their out-of-pocket costs. More

Pain by the numbers
Kaiser Health News
In one of the largest population studies on pain to date, researchers with the National Institutes of Health estimate that nearly 40 million Americans experience severe pain and more than 25 million have pain every day. Those with severe pain were more likely to have worse health status, use more health care and suffer from more disability than those with less severe pain. More