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Announcing New Wound Care Course
Athena Forum is pleased to announce "Improving Outcomes in Wound Care" is now online. The course is designed to improve care & reduce spending on wound care. Course modules include:
  • Module A: Prevalence & Pathophysiology

  • Module B: Assessments & Complications

  • Module C: Treatments & Interventions

  • Module D: Prevention Strategies

  • Module E: Case Manager's Role in Wound Care
Improving Outcomes in Wound Care www.athenaforum.com

Wound Care: Economic Burden Exceeds $30 Billion

According to CMS the average hospital charge per pressure ulcer patient exceeds $43,000. The nationwide costs associated with pressure ulcers and their complications in Medicare patients alone amount to approximately $30 billion a year.
Wound Care: Module A, Prevalence & Pathophysiology
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Patient Advocacy: Coverage Issues

At the heart of the coverage issue is "medical necessity"; all health insurance policies/plans state in some fashion that only "medically necessary" care and services will be reimbursed, but the definition of medical necessity seems to vary from payer to payer. As many definitions of medical necessity exist as there are payers to interpret them, but most of them contain provision of "reasonable and proper" or "appropriate" care and services.

[Reference: Patient Advocacy: Module C, Key Components to CM Success]
In the Headlines . . .
Arthritis Risk from Organic Pollutants

People whose blood exhibited the highest levels of perfluorooctanoate – an organic pollutant used in nonstick and stain-resistant coatings – had a 40% higher risk of arthritis compared with those who had lower levels, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Meanwhile, those who had the highest levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate, another chemical used in the coatings, had a 25% lower risk of arthritis than those with the lowest levels, which researchers said could be due to some inflammation-reducing effect of the chemical. Reuters (7/13)

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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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