Module D: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments and Interventions

CE Credits: 2.0


Heart failure can be a life-shortening condition, but there are a variety of treatments, beyond medication, that can help slow the disease’s progression and improve a patient’s quality of life. First, the module details the different kinds of invasive procedures (such as inserting a ventricular assist device, or VAD, or performing coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG). The module also explores less-invasive interventions, such as telemedicine, which allows healthcare providers to monitor HF patients’ symptoms remotely. Then, the module explores the realm of palliative and end-of-life care: how factors such as the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) can help healthcare providers respect a patient’s desires, and how case managers can best support grieving loved ones.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the spectrum of interventions associated with the trajectory of HF care
» Describe indications for and types of invasive procedures
» Discuss the use of telehealth in monitoring and supporting patients with HF
» Discuss the integration of palliative and end-of-life care
» Review the need for disease progression education and bereavement support

Advance your professional practice:: Heart failure can have a complex and sometimes unpredictable course for many patients. As case managers, we need to understand the varied treatments that extend beyond medication, so that we can advise and support patients on the best treatment for their needs.


Improve organizational performance: Since heart failure can involve repeated and expensive hospitalizations, the team of healthcare providers needs to understand the varied forms of care, so that we can help patients manage the disease, avoid preventable hospitalizations, and enjoy a high quality of life