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COPD: High Utilization of HC Resources

COPD is most frequently seen in adults still in the work force. This impacts healthcare costs to employers as COPD patients have higher utilization of healthcare resources. Frequent hospitalizations are the primary cause of the high cost of COPD. The case manager may need to refer COPD patients to a Disease Management (DM) program. DM programs will have patients be part of a plan of services following an exacerbation. DM programs offer one to one services of a case manager for patients that have been identified as high risks.

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

Obesity Management: Role of Genetics

The search for the genetic basis of obesity is ongoing. Several independent population-based studies report that a gene of unknown function (FTO, fat mass and obesity-associated gene) might be responsible for up to 22% of all cases of common obesity in the general population. The gene's abbreviation is FTO because a deletion in a homologous region in mice results in fused toes (FT) and other abnormalities. Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic cause. Furthermore, science does show a link between obesity and heredity.

Obesity Management: Module A, Prevalence and Pathophysiology
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Principles of CM: Ongoing Challenges

Case managers will most likely have to deal with some challenges on a continuing basis, such as:
  • Collaborating with those in authority

  • Dealing with obstacles that require case managers to be creative and assertive

  • Capturing and presenting objective information that validates the financial and clinical risk costs incurred by the hospital

  • Improving relationships with the medical staff

  • Understanding and implementing quality and safety measures in line with increasingly complex and constantly changing regulatory guidelines.

[Reference: Principles of CM: Module A, Principles]
In the Headlines . . .
Nervous System Disorders get Drug Development Support

Nervous system disorders affect tens of millions of Americans, and there is a substantial unmet need for treatment. But the process for developing new drug therapies is costly and carries high risk. Development of treatments for disorders affecting the nervous system often faces special hurdles. Many nervous system disorders are individually rare, which means they present small markets for big drug companies. Therefore, NIH has made awards to seven teams of investigators across the United States for projects seeking to develop new drugs for disorders of the nervous system. [NIH News, August 18, 2011].

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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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