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Anxiety Disorders: Chronic, Costly

Equal numbers of women and men have obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia. The longitudinal course of these disorders is characterized by:

  • relatively early ages of onset,

  • chronicity,

  • relapsing or recurrent episodes of illness

  • periods of disability

Misdiagnosis and under-treatment of anxiety disorders costs the U.S. billions of dollars annually.

Behavioral Health: Module B, Anxiety Disorders www.athenaforum.com

HF: Instill Self-Care Confidence

Patients living with HF and other chronic diseases often find self-care decision making overwhelming. Confidence in their ability to perform self-care has been demonstrated to influence self-care management participation.
Confidence is gained through education and counseling which provides patients and caregivers with the tools required for successfully participating in self-care and the motivation needed for adherence to treatment plans.

Heart Failure: Module D, CM Role
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
UM: Proactive Rather Than Reactive

UM is forward looking and intends to manage health care cases efficiently and cost effectively before and during health care episodes. This is in contrast to UR which is retrospective, considering whether health care was appropriately applied after it was administered.

To provide the best quality care and meet best practices standards, CMs need to be proactive rather than reactive, which means UM rather than UR should be the case management standard.

[Reference: UM, Module A, Standards & Regulations in UM.]

In the Headlines . . .
MMRV plus PCV-7 Effective, Safe

A study in the journal Pediatrics revealed that concomitant administration of measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine, plus pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine was highly immunogenic as well as safe for 12- to 15-month-old children. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (11/29)

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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
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