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Coming to Athena Forum - MCO Continuum

By Thanksgiving we will be publishing the MCO Continuum series in our course curriculum. This unprecedented body of work will help case managers in both hospitals and health plans "up their game" for improving integrated case management.

MCO Continuum
   • MCO Prior-Authorization
   • MCO Concurrent Review
   • MCO Transitions of Care

"Our new MCO Continuum series is designed to advance the practice of all case managers – not only in the payer setting, but in hospitals as well. When case managers complete any of these courses, their organizations will begin to see (a) more efficient patient care and (b) more accurate claims and payment activities. We look forward to your comments on this series."
  —Tom Rasmussen,
  Athena Forum CEO, Publisher

Athena Forum www.athenaforum.com

From MCO Course Director "The MCO Continuum series illustrates joint successes achieved through cooperation and open communication between MCO case managers and Hospital case managers. We all need to share the goal of maximizing services and minimizing complexities for our patients."
—Christie W. Baxter, RN, MSN, CCM,
AF MCO Course Director
Director, Quality & Utilization, Athens Area Health Plan Select
Athena Forum
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
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 . . .
Vitamin D Deficient Women Risk HF

An estimated 15% of vitamin D-deficient women either died or experienced heart failure, heart attack or stroke during a 16-year study period compared to 10.2% of women who were not deficient, researchers reported at an American Heart Association meeting. The findings, based on data on more than 2,000 postmenopausal white women aged 45 to 58, also showed women with low vitamin D levels had higher triglyceride and fasting glucose levels and a higher body mass index. [HealthDay News (11/15)]

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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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