Nov. 19, 2014

Valuable case management data at your disposal
Do you need information and metrics for benchmarking, resource justification and practice improvement? More than 75 data elements, including average case loads, salary ranges, and scope of services/functions are available to you as part of your ACMA membership. You can download or print ACMA's National Hospital Case Management Survey from the Members Only section of the ACMA website — Simply login and click on the "resources" tab to access the final survey report.

About the Survey
Every two years, ACMA conducts an extensive survey to produce the National Hospital Case Management Survey at a 95 percent confidence level. ACMA randomly selects hospitals from the acute care setting across the United States to participate in this survey and collects data from more than 400 hospitals. More

Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
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 More

For your holiday star: A gift for the person who has everything
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

CE center provides ACMA members access to free CEs
Have you visited the CE Center within the Members Only section of the ACMA website? The CE Center provides members with access to free continuing education opportunities, such as ACMA's bimonthly journal, Collaborative Case Management. There are three issues of Collaborative Case Management available online now, and each offers free CEs to members who read the articles and complete the accompanying quizzes. Check out the CE Center and earn free CEs today at More

Nurses union: OSHA must tighten Ebola protection requirements
National Nurses United called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement safety requirements to shield healthcare workers from the deadly Ebola virus. NNU has been vocal in its criticism of what it calls insufficient Ebola prevention efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the statement, the union cited California's new regulations for healthcare worker protection as a model for what it says should be nationwide precautions against the virus. More

How ACOs can improve patient engagement
Although Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations have improved quality and netted savings, they must improve their patient engagement strategies, according to a Brookings Institution blog post. Research indicates that ACOs are having difficulty raising awareness among patients that have been assigned to an ACO — in fact, some patients don't even realize they're in an ACO. So patients may seek care outside their network. "There are no incentives for patients to remain loyal to an ACO when the attribution process does not reflect patient preferences," writes S. Lawrence Kocot, a visiting fellow in Brookings' Economic Studies program.More

Joint Commission reports continued improvement in hospital care
AHA News Now
Hospitals continue to improve the quality of their care, according to the latest annual report from The Joint Commission. The report examines the performance of more than 3,300 accredited hospitals on 46 evidence-based practices for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism, stroke, perinatal care and immunization.More

Hospital prices rise 0.4 percent in October
AHA News Now
Overall hospital prices increased 0.4 percent in October, and were 1.1 percent higher than a year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently. Prices for the subgroup of general medical and surgical hospitals increased 0.4 percent, and were 0.9 percent higher than in October 2013, according to the BLS' Producer Price Indices, which measure average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. More

Found: Billions of wasted Medicare dollars
It is well known that Medicare expenditures threaten the financial solvency of the U.S. government. And it is pretty well agreed upon that some of our Medicare spending goes towards wasteful medical care. But which medical care is wasteful and how much is such care costing us? A study in JAMA Internal Medicine provides a sneak peek at answers to these important questions. The research, led by Aaron Schwartz, a graduate student at Harvard, focused on interventions that medical experts deem to provide little or no health benefit. More

ACAs premiums are going up — at the same rate as everyone else's
The Washington Post has reopened for business. For the next month, Americans obtaining health coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces face an open-enrollment period during which they can shop for, select and switch insurance plans. Americans want to know if these plans are affordable, and whether the ACA is slowing the growth of the cost of healthcare in the U.S. To look at the early reviews, the news isn't good. "Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015," was the headline on a front-page New York Times article. More