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High Frequency of Misdiagnosis in Diverticulitis

Did you know?

In diverticulitis, the most common symptom is left lower quadrant abdominal pain.  This correlates to the anatomic location of the sigmoid colon. The presentation of the pain varies. Misdiagnosis of diverticulitis based solely on clinical and laboratory findings is high.  This is deemed particularly true in women and patients under 40 years old. Imaging of the colon provides clarification in both the diagnosis and severity.

Athena Forum, GI Disorders: Mod. C, Diverticulitis www.athenaforum.com

Research Awareness is Essential to Quality of Life for MS Patient

A physician can diagnose MS in some patients soon after the onset of the illness. In others, physicians may not be able to readily identify the cause of the symptoms, leading to years of uncertainty and multiple diagnoses punctuated by baffling symptoms that mysteriously wax and wane. Once a diagnosis is made with confidence, patients must consider a profusion of information and misinformation associated with this complex disease. The health care practitioner's role in Multiple Sclerosis management has been changing significantly over recent years. Current clinical information and research awareness is essential to the health care team's success in maintaining optimum quality of life for patients and their families.

Athena Forum, MS: Module A, Pathophysiology.
Excellence in Case Mgmnt

Medical Costs Level off due to Improved Medical Management

In addition to organizations managing the money flow in healthcare, there are a number of contemporary issues that are increasingly affecting hospital revenues.

Although the impact is different for payers, they still face the very same issues as the hospital. In fact, like any business, commercial insurance companies are seeking to make a profit for their shareholders. If the carrier can keep the costs of providing health care to the insured lower, they can charge lower premiums. Recently private sector medical cost trends have leveled off largely due to improved medical management, predictive modeling, disease management programs and increased use of lower cost generic drugs.

[Reference: Hospital Revenue Cycle, Mod. A.] www.athenaforum.com

In the Headlines . . .

Targeted quality improvement initiative successfully reduces HAI

The CMS recently proposed a rule that would mandate a nonpayment policy for health care-associated conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and surgical-site infections. Interestingly a study published February 17 in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology demonstrated that hospital staff in Michigan intensive care units (ICUs) cut the rate of pneumonia in patients on ventilators by a sustained rate of more than 70 percent using a quality improvement initiative funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Ventilator-associated pneumonia dramatically increases rates of hospital-acquired illness and death, and substantially increases health care costs. Quality improvement initiatives thus can successfully save lives and health care dollars.

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  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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