Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, October 31, 2016
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Money, Money, Money: Health Plans Exit "Obamacare"

Just look at today's headlines:

  • "Large insurers exiting Obamacare exchanges over lack of profit --"
  • "Aetna to pull out of Obamacare exchanges"
  • "Experimental Obamacare health plan exits Chicago and Atlanta exchanges"

Confusing? Frightening? Yes!

But listen. Despite the headlines, healthcare in America, including Obamacare is helping Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions. And, despite the headlines, the Revenue Cycle in healthcare is healthy, thanks to Obamacare and Case Managers like you!

[Revenue Cycle 2016]


Tips from our featured course

Money, Money, Money: Case Management Tangibles, Intangibles

According to the music-

  • The Beatles say, "Money Can't Buy Me Love"
  • Pink Floyd says, "Money...it's a gas."
  • Sam Smith sings, "Money on My Mind"

Money is literally on everyone's mind. Right? It's an important tangible. But your Professional Identity encompasses the intangibles:

  • Professionalism
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Skillful Negotiation
  • Class
  • Respect
  • Manners

Professional qualities translate to patient satisfaction and money for your organization.

[Professional Identity, Welcome Page]


Money, Money, Money: Hospice Costs Less

The number of patients and families served by hospice has steadily increased over the past several years.

A 2013 study found that hospice enrollment saves money for Medicare and improves care quality for Medicare beneficiaries. Key findings showed:

  • Medicare costs for hospice patients were lower than non-hospice Medicare beneficiaries with similar diagnoses and patient profiles
  • Hospice enrollment is associated with fewer 30-day hospital readmissions and in-hospital deaths
  • Hospice enrollment is associated with significantly fewer hospital and ICU days

Good to know.

[Palliative and End of Life Care, Module B, Economics, Regulations, Reimbursements]


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