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Readmission reduction: A losing battle?
Readmissions may be "beyond a hospital's control," according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers, led by Ariel Linden of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, analyzed more than 500 patients in two Oregon community hospitals. They gave half the patients an intervention featuring pre-discharge education and planning, post-discharge follow-up, an available hotline and "bridging" techniques such as daily symptom checks.
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Early registration ends Oct. 28: ACMA Leadership Conference
Oct. 28 is the final day to take advantage of $100 in early registration savings for the 2014 ACMA Leadership Conference, Nov. 19-20 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

Secure your spot at this year's event by registering today at Act now before registration rates increase on Oct. 28!

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Pondering a poster?
The ACMA Poster Session Committee invites you to submit a poster for the 2015 ACMA National Conference in Phoenix, April 26-29, 2015. The Poster Session provides an informal but professional forum to present and discuss your organization's advances in health care delivery system case management.

ACMA is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the practice of case management. If you have a program or project that has had a positive outcome or provided a valuable resource to your patients, facility, or agency, we encourage you to submit an application at

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ACMA position statement calls for ACM certification by end of 2016
On Oct. 21, 2013, ACMA released its new Standards of Practice and Scope of Services for Health Care Delivery System Case Management and Transitions of Care (TOC) Professionals.

The new Standards of Practice and Scope of Services include some notable revisions and additions designed to address recent developments in health care and ensure practitioners are well-positioned to respond to those changes yet-to-come. Among these changes is the introduction of ACMA's case management certification position statement. In 2012, ACMA surveyed its members and ACM-certified professionals and asked them to share their thoughts on case management certification and the qualifications to perform case management functions. Based on the survey results, ACMA developed a position statement designed to: (a.) ensure case management functions are performed by clinically competent professionals; (b.) position case management professionals for growth and professional advancement opportunities; and (c.) gain recognition for case management in the health care delivery system setting and advance the practice.

According to ACMA's certification position statement, "Nurses and social workers with two or more years of health care system experience should have their Accredited Case Manager (ACM) credential by Dec. 31, 2016, to practice health care system case management. Thereafter, because new case managers need 24 months of health care system case management experience to be eligible to take the ACM exam, certification should be achieved by the 36th month of practice."

The Standards and Scope are available online, free of charge to all health care professionals. To download the Standards and Scope, go to

Are you ACM-certified? Apply now at

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Last chance to sign up for the ACM certification in 2014
Nov. 17, 2014, is the ACM Certification application deadline for the first quarter of 2015. Applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by this date in order to take the exam during January, February or March.

What are you waiting for? If you are not yet ACM certified, apply now at and put the ACM credential after your name.

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MCG became part of Hearst Corporation in 2012 and continues to produce evidence-based clinical guidance as part of the Hearst Health network. We remain committed to our heritage as a leading provider of evidence-based care guidance with an ongoing commitment to help clients drive quality care while controlling costs.

Improve your department's efficiency with Compare
Compare Benchmarking continues to grow not only in the number of participating hospitals and health systems, but also in the scope of services offered. Some recent additions include:
    • Tools to help staff assess readmission root causes and prevent additional readmissions, including a patient interview tool and a tool to facilitate communication with post-acute providers.
    • Enhanced content and frequency of staff training webinars. Subscribing hospitals are able to utilize this valuable resource to train and ensure competency on avoidable delays, denials and readmissions. The webinars include a competency test and participants receive CEs for their participation.
These enhancements are in addition to the core of ACMA Compare — providing 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

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A leader in clinical consulting
McBee Associates, Inc. delivers case management, medical necessity review, and appeals services to hospitals across the country. Call 800.767.6203 for case management shift coverage. MORE

Our unique blend of expertise and experience makes PhoenixMed the premier choice as your hospital case management partner offering solutions for contemporary case management redesign and education.


Study: Ending ACA subsidies or individual mandate would raise premiums, uninsured
AHA News Now
Eliminating premium subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people purchase coverage through government-run health insurance marketplaces would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to a study released today by RAND Corp. Modeling the likely effects of ending subsidies offered to individuals under the federal Affordable Care Act, researchers found that such a move would increase premium costs in the individual marketplaces by as much as 43 percent and cause enrollment to drop by 68 percent.
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Emory launches website to share Ebola preparedness protocols
Emory Healthcare
Emory Healthcare in Atlanta recently launched a website to share with other healthcare organizations its processes and experience on how to provide safe, effective care for patients with Ebola virus disease. The website, which will be updated as more information is available, provides guidance on initial screening of patients at all entry points into hospitals and clinics, as well as detailed protocols including confirmation of diagnosis, treatment, waste management, clinical laboratories, advanced supportive care, potential complications and discharge. The website also includes a detailed description of the components and appropriate use of personal protective equipment, correct methods of donning and doffing, and proper disposal of PPE, the organization said. Emory University Hospital's Serious Communicable Disease Unit has treated and discharged three patients with Ebola virus disease, and continues to treat a fourth patient who arrived on Oct. 15.
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Report: Hospitals value GPOs
AHA News Now
The vast majority of hospitals use Group Purchasing Organizations to bend the healthcare cost curve and meet patient supply needs, according to a new survey by The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted for the AHA and Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. While hospitals' purchasing decisions are driven by clinical rather than financial considerations, 90 percent of hospitals use national GPOs and 88 percent of hospitals agree that their GPO generates savings from lower prices, the survey found.
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Oct. 25 Connecticut Chapter Conference Uncasville, Conn. Details
Oct. 28 Illinois Chapter Conference Rosemont, Ill. Details
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