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COPD: Invest in Quality Interventions

Readmission of patients who were recently discharged after hospitalization for pneumonia represents an adverse outcome which is important, expensive and often preventable. The risk of readmission can be modified by the type and quality of care provided.
Measuring readmissions creates incentives to invest in interventions to improve hospital care, better assess the readiness of patients for discharge, and facilitate transitions to outpatient status.

COPD, Module E, Pneumonia www.athenaforum.com

MS: The Diagnostic Challenge

Imaging technologies such as MRI - often used in conjunction with the contrast agent gadolinium, which helps distinguish new plaques from old on MRI, can help locate central nervous system lesions resulting from myelin loss. However, since these lesions can also occur in several other neurological disorders, they are not absolute evidence of MS. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a new tool being used to investigate MS. Unlike MRI, which provides an anatomical picture of lesions, MRS yields information about the biochemistry of the brain in MS.

MS, Module A, Pathophysiology
Excellence in Case Mgmnt

Hospital Revenue Cycle: $$$ Flow

Corporate Healthcare Purchasers
buy billions of dollars of
health insurance annually

$ Money Flow $

Private Sector Health Plans
(health insurance companies) purchase medical services

$ Money Flow $

Private Sector Providers take
patients and begin delivering
the required medical care

Reference: Hospital Revenue Cycle, Module A, Industry Cash Flow
In the Headlines . . .
Coffee, tea lowers MRSA Risk

Research in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that people who drink hot coffee or tea are 50% less likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their noses compared with those who do not drink the beverages. The bacterium can cause serious illness or death in those with a weak immune system. According to the research, those who drink the most coffee or tea have the lowest risk for MRSA infection. WebMD (7/11)

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