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Study Finds ACOs Reduce Hospitalizations, Spending
A recent study found an association between participation in an accountable care organization (ACO) and reduced rates of hospitalizations, as well as Medicare spending.
Using a combination of health system and Medicare data provided by a large Pioneer ACO in the Partners HealthCare System, the study, published in Health Affairs, sought to flesh out some of the details around previous findings that ACOs generate lower medical spending levels.
ACMA and NBCM Announce Michelle Allen as NBCM Chair for 2017-2019
The American Case Management Association (ACMA) and the National Board for Case Management (NBCM) are pleased to announce that Michelle Allen, RN, ACM-RN, IQCI, of Florida has been elected as the 2017-2019 Chair of the NBCM. Michelle Allen is in her second term with the NBCM and has been active in her advocacy of the Accredited Case Manager (ACM™) certification and its value to the health care industry.
2017 National Case Management and Transitions of Care Survey Results Now Available
The National Case Management and Transitions of Care Survey is an evidence-based benchmarking resource available to ACMA members. Conducted by ACMA every two years, the Survey is the only national source of benchmarking data at a 95 percent confidence level for the field of hospital/health system Case Management. The final report features over 75 data elements including average caseloads, salary ranges and scope of services. The 2017 Survey also includes relevant data regarding Transitions of Care. The 2017 report is now available for download under the resources tab in the ACMA Members Only section. View the 2017 Report.
ACMA Announces Chapter of Excellence & Chapter of Merit Winners
ACMA is proud to announce the following Chapter of Excellence and Chapter of Merit winners for 2016-2017. These chapters represent the highest standard in quality performance and growth among ACMA chapters. Chapter of Excellence: Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri-Kansas, Northern California, Western Pennsylvania. Chapter of Merit: Greater Houston, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Southern California. These chapters work diligently to communicate with, engage and support their local members. Congratulations to all!
HHS Urges Caution in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack
Health IT Security
Recently, multiple countries around the world reported falling victim to the WannaCry ransomware attack. Numerous hospitals and healthcare information systems, including the National Health Service (NHS), were impacted.
NHS had to cancel certain services, patient records were unavailable and phones reportedly did not work.
We're Bad at Death. Can We Talk?
The New York Times
According to author Dhruv Khullar: Her last conversation should not have been with me.
I'd just arrived for the night shift in the I.C.U. when her breathing quickened. I didn't know much about the patient, and the little I did know wasn't good: She had cancer. Her lungs were filled with fluid. As her breathing deteriorated and her oxygen levels plunged, I searched the chart for her wishes in an emergency. Nothing.
Study: Not-For-Profit's 'Clubhouse' Model Effectively Treats Mental Illness
William, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, first started attending Fountain House, a social center and resource hub for people with mental illnesses that's located in a stately brick building on West 47th Street, after being hospitalized last year. William said he experienced a psychotic episode after his support system crumbled, with the shutdown of his psychiatric support group and the departure of his church's longtime pastor.
Invest in Primary Care To Cut Costs, Reduce Overuse
One solution to improve the U.S. healthcare system is more investment in primary care, and one state that has enhanced primary care is now seeing the benefits.
Increased access to and use of primary care can reduce readmissions and help cut costs, so embracing it is crucial for improved outcomes, according to Russell S. Phillips, M.D., director of the Center for Primary Care and the William Applebaum Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in a blog post from Health Affairs. Despite that, just a fraction of spending in the system is on primary care.
CMS Extends Compliance Date For Medicaid Home Care Rule
The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule that changed what states considered home and community-based settings. The rule is meant to encourage states to use Medicaid funds to keep the elderly and beneficiaries with physical or mental disabilities out of nursing homes.
States had until March 17, 2019, to implement a federally approved plan that would meet the new setting requirements. After that, Medicaid could deny payments for ineligible settings.
Report: Healthcare Jobs On the Rise Again
By Scott E. Rupp
In a bit of a surprise, the U.S. jobs report for April showed a huge jump from the previous month — 211,000 non-farm jobs added last month, compared to 79,000 in March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of jobs predicted was pegged at about 185,000. Healthcare jobs added a significant portion, too. Healthcare hiring in April saw the addition of 19,500 jobs. These jobs in April put sector employment at about 15.7 million.
|June 15, 2017
||Utah Chapter Conference
||West Valley City, UT
|June 16, 2017
||Washington Chapter Conference
|June 23, 2017
||New Jersey Chapter Conference
|July 6-7, 2017
||Northern California Chapter Conference
|July 14, 2017
||Oregon Chapter Conference
|July 28, 2017
||Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Conference
|August 3-4, 2017
||Florida Chapter Conference
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The Job Source For Case Management Professionals
Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta
MU Health Care
Augusta University Medical Center
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah Health
Einstein Healthcare Network
Moreno Valley, CA
Riverside University Health System
University of Vermont Medical Center
Tenet/Detroit Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Michigan
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