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GI Disorders: Managing CD

Non-adherence may be due to a number of factors including:

  • Complicated dosing regimens

  • Forgetfulness

  • Treatment delivery methods (such as enemas and suppositories)

There is no standard regimen for managing all people with CD. The symptoms, course of disease, and prognosis vary considerably.

GI Disorders: Module B, Crohn’s Disease www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Perimenopause & Pregnancy

Until a woman has amenorrhea for 12 consecutive months, she remains fertile, albeit with low fecundity rates.
Spontaneous pregnancies have been reported to occur in women well into their 50’s.
Many contraceptive alternatives exist for women as they approach menopause.

Women’s Health: Module C, Sexuality in Maturity
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Principles of CM: Use of ABN

Advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) is a written notice to a patient from a provider or supplier before they order a service or item, notifying the patient that if the service or item is provided:
  • Medicare will probably deny payment for it

  • Why Medicare is expected to deny payment

  • The patient will be fully responsible for payment if Medicare denies payment

An ABN also gives the patient the opportunity to refuse the service or item.

[Reference: Principles of CM: Module B, Access Mgmt and UM]
In the Headlines . . .
NIAID Tests PfSPZ Vaccine

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease's (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center has begun enrolling participants in an early-stage clinical trial testing an investigational malaria vaccine composed of live, weakened malaria parasites in the immature, sporozoite stage of their life cycle.
The vaccine PfSPZ is intended to protect against the most deadly malaria parasites. [NIAID News, January 19, 2012]

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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
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