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Diabetes: Drug-Disease Interactions

Many types of commonly prescribed drugs can have desirable or undesirable effects on blood glucose levels. A drug-disease or pharmacodynamic interaction is defined as a desirable or undesirable alteration of blood glucose level by a drug prescribed for a purpose other than its glycemic effect. This interaction has an intrinsic physiologic effect. A list of specific drug-disease and drug-drug interactions for commonly prescribed drugs is included in Table 5.1, Module C, of the Athena Forum Diabetes Course.

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Announcing New Course - MCO Continuum

The following new course (300 + pages) will be added to our Athena Forum curriculum by Thanksgiving. All courses are designed to improve organizational performance in patient care, staff competencies and claims management.

MCO Continuum
Module A: Prior-Auth
Module B: Concurrent Review
Module C: Transitions in Care

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Announcing New Course - EOL & Palliative Care

The following new course (300 + pages) will be added to our Athena Forum curriculum by Christmas. All courses are designed to improve organizational performance in patient care, staff competencies and claims management.

EOL & Palliative Care
Mod A: The Evolving Role of EOL & Palliative Care
Mod B: Patient Goals & Care Planning
Mod C: Symptom Management
Mod D: Regulations & Reimbursements
Mod E: Case Manager's Role in EOL & Palliative Care

In the Headlines . . .
First New Lupus Drug in 50 Years Approved by FDA

Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved 35 new medicines. This is among the highest number of approvals in the past decade, surpassed only by 2009 (37). Many of the drugs are important advances for patients, including: two new treatments for hepatitis C; a drug for late-stage prostate cancer; the first new drug for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 30 years; and the first new drug for lupus in 50 years. [U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 11/3/2011.]

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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
Clinical Editor
Athena Forum


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