Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, December 21, 2015
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Dear Case Managers,

At this time of year we want to thank you for all your expertise and valuable contributions to the millions of Americans who move through our care management system every year.

We wish you and yours all the best of the spirit of this special season!

Happy Holidays,

Tom Rasmussen, CEO & Publisher


Tips from our featured course

The GOOD News and the Bad News

The bad news: 758 hospitals are receiving pay cuts in 2016 from Medicare for failure to prevent hospital-acquired conditions.

The good news: Athena Forum courses provide abundant resources for training your case management department on:

  • Improving outcomes in chronic disease management
  • Prevention of hospital-acquired conditions
  • Optimizing care transitions and discharge planning to avert avoidable readmissions

Athena Forum stands on the principle that care management directors can achieve organizational and departmental goals at a faster rate with a better educated staff.

[Athena Forum First Principles, Principle #1]


Avert 1 of 10 Readmissions, Save $1Billion

Readmissions are either planned or unplanned. The next question: was the readmission related to the reason for the initial hospital stay?

The focus of discharge planning and transitions of care is to prevent unplanned readmissions which are related to the initial stay.

Identifying and reducing avoidable readmissions will:

  • Improve patient safety
  • Enhance quality of care
  • Lower healthcare spending

The projections assert that averting just one out of every 10 readmissions could save Medicare $1 billion annually.

[CM Express, Module D, Enhanced Care Transitions]


Notice from the Publisher

I want to thank our 20,000 healthcare professionals for requesting new topics on Athena Forum.

Thomas A. Rasmussen
CEO & Publisher
Athena Forum Institute

Monday Memo Editor

Cathy Wright, BSN, RN

Clinical Editor

Athena Forum

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