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Case management is critical for homeless, mentally ill
The CT Mirror
Controlling for total population, Connecticut has one of the top five highest number of mentally ill individuals who are homeless in the country.
Just over a year ago, the Obama administration granted $32 million to Connecticut to renew support for housing and service projects. This funding goes toward a variety of programs aimed at finding transitional housing, as well as permanent housing, for unsheltered individuals.
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How to be a change survivor and survive
Did you miss "How to be a Change Survivor and Survive," the third webinar in ACMA's webinar series? That's OK — all six of the webinars are recorded so you can watch them at your convenience.
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What are you doing May 8? Spend the day with us and earn CEs
Registration for Indianapolis is open.
We can't wait to see you at the Indianapolis Advancement Forum on May 8. Already case managers in Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Mobile, Ala., have enjoyed the informative sessions. 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.
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For online registration, go to www.acmaweb.org/Advancement. Be sure to register early. Space is limited!
Lawsuits filed over 2-Midnight Rule
The American Hospital Association, four health systems and four state hospital associations filed two lawsuits on April 14 against outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The first lawsuit contests three Medicare policies that "burden hospitals with arbitrary standards and documentation requirements and deprive hospitals of Medicare reimbursement to which they are entitled," according to the formal complaint. The second lawsuit challenges the legality of the coming 0.2 percent cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates.
'Since you asked' committee update
Q: What are the many methods organizations are using to prevent re-admissions?
In October 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced a separate penalty program, which stemmed from the Affordable Care Act, that reduced payments to hospitals with excess 30-day readmissions for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients. A readmission generally refers to an admission to an acute care hospital within 30 days of a discharge from the same or another acute care hospital.
Excess readmissions are measured by a ratio, by dividing a hospital's number of "predicted" 30-day readmission for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia by the number that would be expected, based on an average hospital with similar patients. A ratio greater than 1.00 indicates excess readmissions. This data is risk adjusted, meaning it takes into account how sick patients are based on their age, gender and co-morbid conditions. The CMS readmission penalty is 2 percent of a hospital's Medicare base operating DRG (Diagnostic Related Groups) payments in 2014 and increases to 3 percent for 2015 and beyond.
Organizations across the country are using many different tactics to prevent re-admissions. One of the most common procedures is multi-disciplinary rounding in which patients are discussed with all team members and the best plan for sustaining discharge is discussed and put in place. The acute care case managers may include home health nurses and case managers, county social workers, transportation companies to ensure that the patient keeps a follow-up appointment, and family members in the care plan.
Sylvia Burwell's big chance to control health care costs
In the past several months, health care costs outside Medicare may have accelerated, even as Medicare spending growth remains remarkably low. This is why Sylvia Mathews Burwell has the opportunity to be a transformational secretary of Health and Human Services. If over the next three years she can take the bold steps needed to reinforce better value in health care, she will drastically alter prospects for everything from the federal budget to state and local priorities and the take-home pay of America's workers.
Doctor or nurse? Blurring the lines of medical treatment
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The journal Academic Medicine recently called for articles addressing these questions: What is a doctor? What is a nurse? Thirty years ago this would have been an absurd issue not only for doctors and nurses, but for patients as well. Roles were clearly delineated within the disciplines. The white coat indicated a doctor, and the white uniform and cap identified the nurse. The unspoken question here is whether nurses and doctors still have delineated roles, or are the roles, along with the skills, beginning to equalize?
Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy
When a patient who has had a stroke enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock.
Those who receive the clotbusting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing stroke symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30 percent of patients eligible for treatment with the drug get it within this "golden hour."
Scribes are back, helping doctors tackle electronic medical records
Like many other doctors across the country, Dr. Devesh Ramnath, a Dallas orthopedic surgeon, recently made the switch from paper to electronic medical records. This meant he no longer had to just take notes when he was examining a patient — he also had to put those notes into the computer as a permanent record.
"I was really focused on just trying to get the information in, and not really focusing on the patient anymore," Ramnath says.
Rural hospitals equal in outcojmes, ahead in ED care
Rural hospitals are equal to their urban counterparts in care quality, patient safety and outcomes, and their emergency departments are more efficient and less expensive, according to a new study by iVantage Health Analytics.
"Acknowledging that not all care is equal, and that complex care cases are appropriately referred to tertiary care centers, the findings of the 2014 Rural Relevance Study challenges the notion that rural hospitals are: more costly, more inefficient and maintain lower quality and satisfaction," the study states.
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