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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Personal Management
The goals of early diagnosis and treatment interventions include: reduce pain, prevent joint damage and move towards a remission of the disease process. Since there can be a significant impact in all areas of life for patients who are dealing with pain, disability, and loss of function, assistance in dealing with these challenges can include specific methods to conserve energy and various options for protection of their joints.
[Reference:Rheumatoid Arthritis, Module D: CM Role, Page 28] www.athenaforum.com

Behavioral Health: Substance Abuse Treatments
Individuals with severe conditions are less responsive to low-intensity treatments. Substance abuse treatment strategies may emphasize an individual’s need to remain drug free, depending on their clinical circumstances, or it may entail substitution of a presumably safer drug. Some components of the treatment may be focused directly on the substance use, and others may be focused on the associated conditions that have contributed to or resulted from the substance use disorder.
[Reference: Behavioral Health, Module C: Substance Abuse, page 24]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Pause for a Moment
Effective questions focusing on improving teamwork should always be the goal in minimizing the blank stares, rolling eyes, and head scratching often found in team discussions. By encouraging one another in identifying what has been done well in the past and outlining strategies that lead to desired results, your team’s collaborations are oriented towards solutions that benefits all.

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Week
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“Effective Health Care”
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering a new resource that focuses on effectiveness of obtaining treatments suitable for your patient’s needs. The Effective Health Care Home Program provides valid evidence about comparative effectiveness of different medical interventions that can help both your patients as well as any health care provider make informed decisions. Treatment options can vary widely and any information that can outline guidelines is always welcome. An opportunity to be interactive with their website is also available. Check it out.

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“Watch the Online Video Now”
If you were not able to attend the 19th Annual CMSA Conference in Phoenix, AR, relive the excitement of this one-of-a-kind yearly event. The Annual Meeting, which was held on June 16th, features four different events including introductions to our new CMSA Board of Directors, updates on the Standards of Practice and more. It will be worth your time…Enjoy.
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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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