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Asthma: Frequency of Clinical Assessment

The frequency of patient visits depends on the severity of the asthma and the patient's ability to control and monitor symptoms. Patients with mild intermittent or mild persistent asthma that has been under control for at least 3 months should be seen by a healthcare provider about every 6 months. Patients with uncontrolled and/or severe persistent asthma and those needing additional supervision to help them follow their treatment plans need to be seen more often.

Asthma: Module D, CM Role www.athenaforum.com

Behavioral Health: Care Coordination Challenges

The practice of Case Management includes four functions regardless of practice setting. These primary functions include: assessment; planning; facilitation and advocacy. The Case Manager is often the only health professional on the team that has a complete view of the interrelationships of the co-morbidities and the depressive disorder. Because of HIPAA regulations the Case Manager must continually encourage the patient to keep the primary care physician informed of changes in the depressive disorder treatment.

Behavioral Health: Module A, Depression
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
UM: CM Measures Influence on Others:

For hospital case management, outcomes objectively measure the case manager's performance and the program's effectiveness. Outcomes are the end results of processes, systems, and groups of activities. The outcomes commonly used in case management are actually surrogate measures of the HCM's influence on others. From this perspective, objective case management outcomes are generally considered intermediate outcomes (outcomes that facilitate or hinder the achievement of end outcomes such as improved health status). These must be measured to:
  • Study their effect on end outcomes

  • Determine how organizational structures and care delivery processes affect the achievement of these intermediate outcomes

[Reference: UM: Module C, Quality of Care and UM]
In the Headlines . . .
“Smartheart” Smartphone ECG Device:

Telemedicine experts have developed a smartphone-based heart-monitoring device that can perform electrocardiograms in 30 seconds. The Smartheart, which can be connected to an iPhone, BlackBerry or android phone through Bluetooth, enables patients to have a detailed ECG report sent to their providers for analysis. The Daily Mail (London) (7/18)

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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
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