|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
Advertise in briefCASE.
Case Management Jobs
Evening ED RN Case Manager
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Case/Utilization Management Nurse
Manager, Patient Safety & Accreditation (RN)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California
To access complete Career Link listings click here.
Study: Meaningful use email criteria challenging for specialists
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
As the meaningful use incentive program moves into its second stage, there have been concerns among physicians over their ability to meet the patient engagement requirements. Satisfying the Stage 2 criteria will rely not only on physicians adopting the right technology, but also on their patients' willingness to use it. A recent study finds specialists may have a particularly hard time getting patients to sign up for their patient portals and exchange secure emails with them.
| Share this article:
Live from the 2014 ACMA National Conference
Stay up-to-date on the events of the 2014 ACMA National Conference by following @TheACMA on Twitter. @TheACMA will be posting news, updates, and highlights each day from the conference. At the end of each conference day, a summary of all postings and highlights will also be distributed via email.
Join the Conversation — On Twitter, use #ACMA14 to tweet about your experience in Chicago or to share interesting facts you learn throughout the conference.
Last chance! Don't miss the final Advancement Forum
Registration for Indianapolis is open
Membership in the American Case Management Association comes with many benefits, such as discounts on conferences. Make the most of your membership by signing up for the Advancement Forum nearest you. ACMA members pay only $299, which includes the one-day conference, a follow-up webinar and hard-copy materials.
This event offers a unique learning experience for current and prospective leaders in case management and transitions of care to advance within their field and further develop skills and competencies within this dynamic practice. With stops in five cities nationwide, this comprehensive professional advancement program will be accessible in a city near you.
The Advancement Forum is a three-part educational package designed to provide participants with education and training in core competencies and trends in case management.
Brochure and Online Registration Now Available
To download the e-brochure, click here.
For online registration, go to www.acmaweb.org/Advancement. Be sure to register early. Space is limited!
Take pride in your role as an advocate
You're an advocate — for patients, families and your organization. Show your pride in your role as an advocate and support ACMA's public policy efforts by making a donation. When you donate $50 or more to ACMA's public policy efforts, you will receive an "Advocate" T-shirt. Your donation will support fellow ACMA members as they advocate on behalf of case management professionals nationwide in meetings with CMS and Congress. Specifically, these funds will help send case management professionals to Capitol Hill to represent case management's interests and ACMA's legislative priorities.
ACMA is working to ensure case management has a seat at the table when decisions are being made and legislation and regulations are developed that will impact your daily practice. But in order to continue to make a difference and ensure your voice is heard, we need your assistance. Be an advocate and donate today at www.acmaweb.org/fundraising.
Note: ACMA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your donation is tax deductible. T-shirts will be available for pick-up onsite at the ACMA National Conference and mailed to those who do not attend the conference.
Medicare revises policies about therapy services coverage
Following the settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed against Kathleen Sebelius, Medicare notified health care providers that beneficiaries cannot be discontinued from therapy services if their condition does not improve. Now, patients with chronic disease such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease can continue to receive Medicare coverage for services such as physical therapy, nursing care and other services. However, coverage can still be denied for reasons other than lack of improvement. The beneficiary must still have a doctor's orders prescribing skilled nursing care, and the beneficiary also must have spent three consecutive midnights as an inpatient.
Additionally, beneficiaries whose Medicare coverage was denied solely for lack of patient improvement are able to have their claim re-reviewed. In order to receive reimbursement for care they paid for themselves, the final denial must be dated Jan. 18, 2011, through Jan. 24, 2013, and the beneficiary must submit the completed form by July 23. If this re-reviewed claim is denied again, the beneficiary may appeal through the regular appeals process.
Find the talent you need to complete your staff
ACMA has enhanced its online job board to provide you with added features and a user-friendly interface. These enhancements are designed to:
Post your case management position now and try Career Link today.
- improve both the job posting and listing management process for you, and most importantly
- help you fill your open positions.
Massachusetts hospital combats heart failure after patient release
Taunton Daily Gazette
Two student nurses in white lab coats and scrubs visit William Allen's Abington, Mass., home. They measure his vital signs, ask how his recovery is going and check his feet for swelling.
Allen, 72, has congestive heart failure. He was admitted to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital last September, after a relatively healthy decade following surgery to deal with a severely clogged artery.
Electronic health record tracking system fails to gain federal support
Health information technologies such as smartphone-based ultrasound and electronic health records should be regulated according to the risk they present to patients, per a proposed strategy rolled out by three federal agencies. The report, which is still subject to public comment, did not call for an extension of regulatory power for the agencies. Instead it emphasized the need for voluntary collaboration and planning by public-private partners.
Good news and bad news for proponents of ICD-10 delay
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's déjà vu all over again for the health care field. Except this time it's a twofer. With the passing of H.R. 4302, known as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, on March 31, Congress delayed a permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate payment formula for a 17th time. And ICD-10 was delayed for a fourth time. The only step needed to make both delays a reality is a signature from President Barack Obama. The ICD-10 delay was especially surprising, and disappointing, to many industry leaders.
||2014 ACMA National Conference
||Indianapolis Advancement Forum
||Minnesota Chapter Conference
||Northern California Chapter Conference
||Georgia Chapter Conference
|July 31-Aug. 1
||Florida Chapter Conference
||MO/IL Gateway Chapter Conference
||South Carolina Chapter Conference
||Maryland Chapter Conference
||Virginia Chapter Conference
||Wisconsin Chapter Conference
||Connecticut Chapter Conference
||Illinois Chapter Conference
For the full ACMA event map, click here.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063