Sep. 2, 2015

3 population health tips from a triple aim 'early adopter'
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
According to authors Leslie Graham and Barbara Eldridge: During our years working with IHI, we've learned how to do rapid testing and scale up at the local level. We've also consistently set aims, developed measures, collected data from the beginning of our projects, and used data to drive where we’re going with our projects and programs. It's safe to say we're very familiar with the most important basics IHI teaches about improvement. At the same time, we are keenly aware of the importance of being open to continuous learning. We hope our lessons learned will be useful to others on their population health journey.More

ACMA and SEPAS partner to offer national physician advisor education
We are pleased to announce that the American Case Management Association (ACMA) has partnered with the Southeast Physician Advisor Symposium (SEPAS) to combine resources and extend the reach of SEPAS, which has been providing physician advisors with valuable education since 2012.

This collaboration will be known as the National Physician Advisor Symposiums (NPAS), and will allow for a national footprint — providing current and innovative physician advisor education to both the east and west coasts. This new conference model will provide greater access and convenience to physicians and case managers across the United States.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

Advocacy that advances case management
Support ACMA's public policy efforts by making a donation. Your donation will:

In order to continue to make a difference and ensure your voice is heard, we need your help. Be an advocate for case management and donate today. More

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:

Community Outreach Representative
Methodist Rehabilitation Center
Jackson, Mississippi
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Observation status, ED visits create illusion of fewer readmissions, quality gains
Even as the government claims preventable hospital readmissions have dropped, a dramatic increase in hospitals' use of observation status and emergency care in lieu of readmission suggests many providers are gaming the quality standards, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Hospitals' use of observation status has been a source of controversy in recent years. Critics say the designation confuses patients; states such as Virginia have passed legislation requiring hospitals to inform patients when they are designated under observation status. More

Data transparency: What the numbers don't tell us about quality healthcare
U.S. News & World Report
According to author Elaine Cox, M.D.: We live in an era where healthcare consumers desire data to make informed decisions about where they will seek care and from whom. We urge transparency in patient safety information and discuss the need for "evidence based medicine" incessantly. But what is full disclosure and is it healthy? Every type of company has truckloads of data, be it market data, polling data or public opinion data.More

Heart-attack patients more likely to die after ambulances are diverted
Kaiser Health News
Heart-attack patients whose ambulances were diverted from crowded emergency rooms to hospitals farther away were more likely to be dead a year later than patients who weren't diverted, according to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Francisco and the National Bureau of Economic Research, looked at ambulance diversions affecting nearly 30,000 Medicare patients in 26 California counties from 2001 to 2011. More

3 reasons ACOs will thrive
Although the Medicare Shared Savings Program has many flaws, including setup and operating costs, and at least two more Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACOs) may drop out of the model, ACOs show great promise for improved healthcare delivery, according to Paul Keckley, Ph.D., managing director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. The latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show that although the program generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, three in four ACOs didn't save Medicare money, Keckley writes in a blog post for Pulse Weekly. More

A 3rd of Georgia pediatricians join together, form network to improve care
Kaiser Health News
More than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers. The sign-ups represent roughly one-third of the pediatricians practicing in the state. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the major pediatric hospital system in the metro area, helped create the nonprofit entity, called the Children's Care Network. More

Paramedic pilot programs aim to ease ER overcrowding
The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, along with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and two local fire departments, will launch two pilot programs intended to reduce hospital readmissions, ease overcrowding in emergency rooms and lower healthcare costs, according to an announcement. The Community Paramedic Pilot Programs expand the roles of Glendale and Santa Monica paramedics, UCLA announced. "EMS traditionally responds to 9-1-1 calls only. More

Your heart may be aging faster than you are, report suggests
Kaiser Health News
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the heart of an average American man is 7.8 years "older" than his chronological age and 5.4 years higher for a woman. The report is part of an effort to get people to pay attention to heart issues. More