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Colorectal Cancer: Screening Guidelines
While the appropriate age for discontinuing CRC screening is not known, studies have generally been restricted to patients younger than 80 years of age. Additional studies by the U.S Preventive Services Task Force indicate that CRC screenings are likely to be cost-effective regardless of the strategy utilized. What is one of the most effective ways to prevent the development of CRC?

[Reference:CRC: Pathophysiology, Module A: Appropriate Screening, Page 12] www.athenaforum.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Diagnosis
Insidious beginnings for RA are common findings but at times traumatic events can start the onset of the disease. Morning stiffness, gel phenomenon and other non-specific symptoms contribute to the makings of a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. There are seven diagnostic criteria for RA outlined by the American College of Rheumatology including: swelling of soft tissue and morning stiffness. What other criteria are included and how many joints are involved in RA?

[Reference: RA, Module A: Pathophysiology, page 13]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
A Time and Place
Do you ever look at your list and wonder why something is on it? Or better yet, when evaluating what’s left on the list, you have a few items that lack any particular significance in your hectic life. Time management, to be effective and efficient, requires decision and actions to be worth your time and attention. Decisions that are considered ‘minor’ in nature or don’t really sway your day-to-day interactions should not be on your list. Focus only on what truly counts.

Fireworks Safety Awareness
In the Headlines . . .
“Smoke Alarms – Why, Which and Where”
We can never be too cautious or aware of the possibilities of experiencing a house/building fire. Preparing to be safe and to know what preventive measure can be put in place is well worth the life that is saved.
A smoke detector is one device that has been shown to save lives and when properly installed and maintained can save your life. During this month of celebrations, invest in a safety plan that will have lasting effects. Check this CDC - FireSafety.gov. - website for safety resources and directives.

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“Navigating the Health Care System”
Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy – AHRQ Director
Addressing key healthcare topics that are real-time issues for mainstream Americans, Dr Clancy provides a guideline this month on doing your homework before choosing a hospital. Identifying the multiple resources available for the public, she cautions and advices what to look for and where to find this information. Check out the additional Quality Check resource from The Joint Commission as well.

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