Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, February 27, 2017
What's NEW at Athena Forum

New "Asthma 2017" Course available today

Clients with asthma require education integrated into all and every point of contact.

Education should be provided:

  • During every Primary Care visit, ED visit and hospitalization
  • By physicians, nurses, pharmacists and school nurses
  • During home visits by CMs, asthma educators and social workers

Patient education and engagement is a cornerstone of effective asthma management.

[Asthma 2017, Module C Transdisciplinary Team]

Update on Changes to Athena Forum Website

Progress to date on improving the clarity and usability of our website Home Page.

Check out the following and let us know what you think of the changes:

  • A new link to access the 2017 Course Catalog
  • "Pricing" link on the menu bar
  • "Learning Forum" link changed to "Login"
  • "Terms of Use" moved from the menu bar to the footer
  • All acronyms spelled out under all sections

In development:

  • Landing pages for common search terms to make finding us easier in search
  • A "NEWS" link for Athena Forum press releases and AFI industry media coverage
  • An "Athena Forum Blog"
  • Coming This Spring: Population Health:
    • A course with ACO's education needs in mind

Stay tuned.

Tips from our featured course

Abuse: Member's Care Coordination Calls for Longitudinal
Case Management

One of the goals replacing the current fragmented fee-for-service care delivery system with the ACO model is to reduce fragmentation and improve communication by having a full-spectrum of care delivery venues and providers whose clinical and financial incentives are aligned.

This will facilitate care coordination and transitions of care. Ultimately, although there is no universally established model, an individual CM may follow a patient along the spectrum of care.

This differs from the more common system currently in place where CMs coordinate care with other CMs across each level of care. A term which might be applied to an individual CM focusing along the entire spectrum of care is longitudinal case management.

[Abuse, Module F, Case Manager's Role]

Population Health: Make Sure Patient has a Safety Net

For those uninsured individuals and those with insurance but having trouble accessing care, safety-net clinics will hopefully remain within the communities that need them most.

Referrals to safety-net clinics should be part of the Case Manager's arsenal to:

  • Reduce over utilization of EDs
  • Improve the continuum of post-hospitalization quality of care
  • Reduce the likelihood of readmission
  • Improve the health of the population

Safety-net clinics are also reaching out to qualified health plans (QHPs) and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to contract with them to accept these insured patients that are having trouble accessing care.

[Population Health, Module A, Care Management]

Notice from the Publisher

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

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Athena Forum Institute

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Cathy Wright, BSN, RN

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Athena Forum

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