briefCASE
Nov. 5, 2014

Last chance to sign up for certification in 2014: Nov. 15 Deadline Fast Approaching
ACMA
Nov. 15, 2014, is your last chance to sign up for certification in 2014 — applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by this date.
The Health Care Standard
According to the 2013 National Hospital Case Management Survey, nearly half (47 percent) of case management departments prefer the ACM certification — the preferences of the remaining 53 percent of departments are divided among 4 certifications, with the ACM leading the next most preferred certification by more than 20 percent.

What are you waiting for?
If you are not yet ACM certified, apply now at www.acmaweb.org/ACM and put the ACM credential after your name. More

Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions
FierceHealthcare
One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found. That extra day slashed the risk of death for patients treated for pneumonia by 22 percent. Mortality for heart attack patients was cut by 7 percent, as were readmission rates, according to an announcement detailing the findings. Overall, the number of heart attack and pneumonia patient lives saved with one more day of hospitalization versus outpatient treatment increased five- to six-fold, the school said. More

For your holiday star: A gift for the person who has everything
ACMA
Are you having difficulty coming up with gift ideas for that person who has everything? Recognize those who mean the most to you — your "holiday stars" — by honoring them with a donation to ACMA in their name. Clients, colleagues, family, friends, directors, staff, physician advisors, departments, chapters, hospitals/healthcare delivery systems, mentors and more — honor them all as your stars this holiday season.

By making a donation to ACMA and recognizing your holiday star(s), their name will be listed: in ACMA's Collaborative Case Management journal, in ACMA's briefCASE e-newsletter and on the ACMA website. All proceeds support ACMA's fundraising efforts, and as ACMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

Donate today and recognize your holiday star — click here. More

Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
ACMA
ACMA's Compare provides powerful tools and benchmarking to facilitate change related to avoidable delays, readmissions and denials.

If you would like to know more about Compare and evaluate it for your organization, please contact James Nickerson at JNickerson@acmaweb.org.More

Medicare readmissions penalties will hurt COPD patients, teaching hospitals
FierceHealthcare
Lung disease experts say Medicare's new policy to penalize excessive hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will do more harm than good — hurting a vulnerable patient population and also the hospitals that care for them. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Readmission Reduction Program has added COPD to its list of conditions subject to penalties for readmitting patients too often within 30 days of discharge.More

Register now: Leadership Conference and MD Forum
ACMA
Register now for the 2014 ACMA Leadership Conference and Medical Director Forum in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 19-22, 2014. Secure your spot by registering today at www.acmaweb.org/leadership.More

Pondering a poster?
ACMA
The ACMA Poster Session Committee invites you to submit a poster for the 2015 ACMA National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 26-29, 2015. The Poster Session provides an informal but professional forum to present and discuss your organization's advances in health care delivery system case management.

ACMA is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the practice of case management. If you have a program or project that has had a positive outcome or provided a valuable resource to your patients, facility, or agency, we encourage you to submit an application at www.acmaweb.org/posters. More

Ebola Watch: US nurses plan protests over lack of preparedness
FierceHealthcare
National Nurses United, which has repeatedly warned that nurses are unprepared to handle patients with the deadly Ebola virus, will hold protests in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in U.S. hospitals. "With the refusal of hospitals across the country to take seriously the need to establish the highest safety precautions for when an Ebola patient walks in the door, and the failure of our elected leaders in Washington to compel them to do so, America's nurses say they have to make their voices heard a little louder," NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said. More

CMS releases home health final rule
AHANews Now
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2015, which updates Medicare payment rates to home health agencies and implements the second year of the four-year phase in of the rebasing of this payment system. Overall, as proposed, the rule reduces home health payments by 0.3 percent from 2014 payment levels, a $60 million reduction.More

Simulation showing benefits for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
By Russell Metcalfe-Smith and Alistair Phillips
The Women's Guild Simulation Center based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using simulation to deliver more than education. The approach to simulation is crossing many organizational barriers, ensuring its impact is felt across the entire organization. The 10,000 square-foot simulation center has been built to reflect the actual clinical environment at Cedars-Sinai, benefiting from two fully functional operating rooms, along with ICU, OBGYN, Trauma and NICU/PICU environments.More