Case Management Headlines
- Innovative program aims to reduce asthma-related ER visits
After discharge, many patients experience health relapses that send them back to the hospital. With more pressure than ever on case managers to help prevent avoidable readmissions, which may result in financial penalties for hospitals, it’s important to prevent these relapses. One way to do this is to help patients to learn how to care for themselves properly.
- RAC denials excessive, says American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association says that Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) reform is needed to stop the “excessive” and “inappropriate” number of denials by RACs.
- Celebrate the New Year with some professional resolutions
Happy 2015! By this time you’ve probably made your personal New Year’s Resolutions, whether it’s to work out more or to finally clean out that junk drawer. But now is also the time to create some professional resolutions for the New Year.
- Faulty calculation method may penalize hospitals for readmissions progress
San Diego County hospitals are making big improvements in reducing their readmission rates, but that doesn’t mean they’re avoiding readmission penalties, according to a study by the Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Patients have an additional tool to choose providers
CMS has given patients a new resource to help them choose the best healthcare practitioner. The government organization has made new quality data available to patients including information on physician groups, accountable care organizations, and hospitals.
- Helping patients kick the habit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some new resources that you can provide your patients with if they’re looking to quit smoking in the New Year.