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COPD: Opportunity to Vaccinate

Pneumococcal vaccination is indicated in people ≥ 65 year of age because it is up to 75% effective in preventing pneumococcal bacteremia and meningitis. It is also an important vaccine due to increasing antibiotic resistance among pneumococci.

In the U.S. vaccine coverage is suboptimal. Hospitalization is an underutilized opportunity for vaccination.

COPD: Module E, Pneumonia www.athenaforum.com

Obesity Management: Portion Control

A "portion" can be thought of as the amount of a specific food a person chooses to eat.

A "serving" is a unit of measure used to describe the amount of food recommended from each food group.

In the world of “super size it,” portion control has become an increasing issue. Case managers can help by offering constructive ways to avoid the pitfalls of this trend.

Obesity Management: Module C, Treatments and Interventions
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
DCP: Value Based Purchasing
Value-based purchasing (VBP) is all about rewarding providers for the value of their contributions to quality and efficient care that leads to better health outcomes: right care for the right patient at the right time. It shifts payment from volume of care to quality of care. The goal is to transform Medicare from a passive payer of claims to an active purchaser of care.

[Reference: Discharge Planning: Module B, Patient Centered DP]
In the Headlines . . .
$2.9 Billion Recovered
Together, Vice President Biden, HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are teaming up to crack down on fraud. HHS and DOJ recovered $2.9 billion in health care fraud in 2011. HHS is taking more steps to prevent Medicare prescription drug fraud. [HHS Daily Digest Bulletin, December 12, 2011]

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  » Utilization Management
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  » COPD
  » CV Risk: Stroke & MI
  » Diabetes
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  » Heart Failure
  » Multiple Sclerosis
  » Obesity Management
  » Pain Management
  » Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Cathy Wright Cathy Wright, BSN, RN
Clinical Editor
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