Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, March 28, 2016
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Insurers Hire Social Workers to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

According to a recent article, insurance companies are getting creative in finding ways to keep patients addicted to prescription opioids out of the hospital and they are taking steps that include screening those they insure for substance abuse, using social workers to help keep them in treatment, and improving the use of recovery medications.

[NPR article published January 25, 2016]


Tips from our featured course

Importance of CM in Successful Behavioral Health Delivery

"Integrating behavioral health concepts aligns with the Triple Aim to improve the patient experience of care, improve population health and reduce per capita costs. Research shows that integrating behavioral health perspectives improves patient outcomes and decreases costs for patients with chronic diseases.

Enlisting the behavioral health principles of motivational interviewing, teach-back and shared decisions significantly improves patient adherence, which ultimately improves outcomes."

Teresa Fugate, RN, BBA, CCM, CPHQ
Medicare STARS Strategic Consultant


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

80% by 2018

The American College of Gastroenterology is supporting the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's (NCCRT) new initiative "80% by 2018." ACG has joined a national coalition of organizations committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major health problem. With the American Cancer Society and NCCRT, we are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of eligible adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month here's a sneak peek of Athena Forum's upcoming IBD course:

Colon Cancer posterAt a minimum, patients who have an increased risk due to IBD should have a colonoscopy with biopsies every 1 to 2 years to check for dysplasia.

Such screening has not been proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but it may help identify cancer early.

I general, patients with IBD do not have a higher mortality rate than the rest of the population, but complications occur with a high enough frequency and cover such a broad spectrum that it behooves both healthcare providers, patients and their caregivers to be acquainted with the possibilities. Early recognition can often result in:

  • More effective treatment
  • Better outcomes
  • Improved quality of life
[Coming soon: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Module B, Assessment]
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