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Asthma: Assessing is Key
The weeds are there in the yard and in the garden and the result may be an asthma trigger. Use of standardized assessment questions assist in the evaluation of patients with Asthma.

Module B of Athena Forum’s course on Asthma identifies sample assessment questions in the section Diagnosis: Determine Relevant Inhalant Sensitivity: Assessment Questions for Inhalant Allergens.

Athena Forum, Asthma Course, Module B www.athenaforum.com

Pain Mgmt – Diagnosing Low Back Pain Low Back Pain is a symptom that can be associated with a variety of diagnosis. In Athena Forums module on Pain, Module D reviews some of the associated causes as identified by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Pain Society (APS) LBP Categories and Frequency of Presentation to PCPs.

Athena Forum, Pain Mgmt Course, Module D
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Summer Heat: Taking precautions

Its summer, it’s hot and it could be dangerous. High temperatures this summer are uncomfortable for many of us, but for seniors and others with health problems the extreme heat can result in an emergency situation. Educate your neighbors, relatives and patients on the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Caution them to keep hydrated, dress in light clothing (layers when possible) and avoid strenuous activities. Also be aware of community resources such as Councils on Aging, public health departments and city cooling centers.
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When signs of heat exhaustion are present, assist the person to a cooler area, provide water or other fluids and take a cool shower.


  • Clammy skin

  • Increased body temperature

  • Rapid pulse

  • Weakness

  • Muscle cramps

  • Shallow breathing

When signs of heat stroke are present seek immediate medical attention and call 911.

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • ‘Seeing spots’

  • Ringing in ears

  • Confusion

  • Throbbing headache

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The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Chronic Care

With the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law, the U.S. healthcare system faces almost immediate – and substantial – transformation.

Among the numerous health policy implications, the law requires health plans to ensure quality of care and improve patient outcomes by means of quality reporting, effective case management, care coordination, chronic disease management, patient-centered education, medical error reduction, and implementation of wellness and health promotion activities.

The new law also raises a number of other policy issues for providers. In 2012, for instance, hospitals and physicians are invited to provide leadership in voluntary Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) with the opportunity to share in cost savings from improved patient care management.

The Jefferson School of Population Health’s online Master of Science in Chronic Care Management (MS-CCM) program prepares leaders to critically analyze, design, implement and evaluate systems to improve chronic illness prevention and care management across various health care settings and populations.

For more information about Jefferson’s MS-CCM program, click here.

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or call (215) 503-5305.

The look of confidence
  CM Excellence® Series: 
  » Principles of Case
  » Patient Advocacy
  » Utilization Management
  » Discharge Planning
  » Hospital Revenue Cycle

  Clinical Series: 
  » Asthma
  » Behavioral Health
  » Colorectal Cancer
  » COPD
  » CV Risk: Stroke & MI
  » Diabetes
  » EOL & Palliative
  » GI Disorders
  » Heart Failure
  » Multiple Sclerosis
  » Obesity Management
  » Pain Management
  » Rheumatoid Arthritis
  » Women’s Health



Cathy Wright Cathy Wright, BSN, RN
Clinical Editor
Athena Forum


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