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Behavioral Health: Children and Adolescents
Problems and symptoms associated with bipolar disorders, exhibited by children and adolescents, will often mirror other problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and oppositional defiant disorder. Fast mood swings between depression and mania many times in a day is more typical of children and adolescents than with adults with the bipolar disorder. Immediate help from a mental health specialist is indicated when any child or adolescent exhibits this particular threat.

[Reference:Behavioral Health: Depression, Module A: Bipolar Disorder, Page 18] www.athenaforum.com

Cardiovascular Risk: High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a condition where the pressure of the blood in the arteries is too high. This applies for either the systolic or the diastolic or both pressures. Pre-hypertension is a condition where the systolic blood pressure is found between 120 and 39 or the diastolic is between 80 and 89. After monitoring a number of readings, what is the initial recommendation that the doctor will give your patient and you can help facilitate the process?

[Reference: CV Risk, Module B: Stroke -The Case Managers Role, page 7]
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Case Management Productivity: To-Do List
It may sound old fashioned, but the To Do List remains an important productivity tool for every manager, including case managers. Many high performing executives say they prepare their To-Do List first thing in the morning, ranking items as priorities as A, B and C. The A priorities are mission critical and are to be accomplished first. The B priorities are nice to get done but not mission critical. The C priorities can get done during slow times, lunch breaks, over the weekend, or left for later. Many high performing case managers use a spiral notebook of daily To-Do Lists as their companion, carrying over tasks left undone from the previous. Develop your own style of the To-Do List and watch your productivity increase.
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Case Management Productivity: To-Do List
It may sound old fashioned, but the To Do List remains an important productivity tool for every manager, including case managers. Many high performing executives say they prepare their To-Do List first thing in the morning, ranking items as priorities as A, B and C. The A priorities are mission critical and are to be accomplished first. The B priorities are nice to get done but not mission critical. The C priorities can get done during slow times, lunch breaks, over the weekend, or left for later. Many high performing case managers use a spiral notebook of daily To-Do Lists as their companion, carrying over tasks left undone from the previous. Develop your own style of the To-Do List and watch your productivity increase.



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JOINT COMMISSION ALERT: Bad Behavior by Health Professionals a Threat to Patient Safety.
A new sentinel alert has been released by TJC as a warning to all health care professional that rude language and hostile behavior pose threats to both patient safety and overall quality of care. The new standards, effective January 1st, 2009, requires HC organizations to establish codes of conduct that defines acceptable/unacceptable behavior as well as establish a formal process for managing unacceptable behavior. The news release provides a brief description followed by the 11 specific steps that comprise the Sentinel Alert.
http://www.jointcommission.org/NewsRoom
http://www.jointcommission.org/
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/

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