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CV Risk: Risk Stratification

Biomarkers provide a biochemical, genetic, or molecular indicator to describe specific disease status.

Biomarkers of particular interest in CVD related to myocardial infarctions include:

  • Serum Marker Creatine Kinase MB (CK-MB)

  • Serum Marker Myoglobin

  • Serum Marker Troponins (T and I)

Measuring the amount of these markers in the blood can show how much damage was done to the heart.

CV Risk: Stroke and MI, Module A, Pathophysiology www.athenaforum.com

Pain Management: Psychological, Cultural Issues

Pain involves both a physiological and psychological response to tissue injury. It is simultaneously an emotional and behavioral response.

Every culture does not conform to a set of expected behaviors or beliefs. Therefore, cultural stereotyping can lead to inadequate assessment and treatment of pain.

Lack of awareness by the health care worker could signal disrespect to the patient. It can damage patient-health care professional relationships.

Pain management: Module A, Pathophysiology of Pain
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Hospital Revenue Cycle: Beware of Delayed Denials

Be cognizant of (hidden) delayed denials. These denials may show up months or years after the care was rendered.

When the patient has a long length of stay, care delays due to scheduling issues or outpatient services unrelated to the reason for admission revenue is impacted.

While these are not formal denials and don’t show up on reports as denials, they are still costly.

[Reference: Hospital Revenue Cycle: Module B, Hospital Cash Flow]

In the Headlines . . .
HHS Global Health Strategy

The Department released its first Global Health Strategy which will guide efforts to work with global partners towards building a healthier and safer planet for all. “Today, we can no longer separate global health from America’s health,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of HHS. “We need to look beyond our borders to improve health inside our country. [HHS News, January 5, 2012.]

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  CM Excellence® Series: 
  » Principles of Case
  » Patient Advocacy
  » Utilization Management
  » Discharge Planning
  » Hospital Revenue Cycle

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  » 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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