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Monday, March 13, 2017
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Happy Social Worker's Month


Social Workers Shine with Advocacy and Intent:
Happy Social Work Month from Athena Forum

Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education
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Look to the Future of American Health Care: Population Health

The Athena Forum Institute team is busy following up on all the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and other contacts from the CCMC Symposium booth in January in Dallas and letting them know what Athena Forum has to offer, including our exciting new Population Health course set for release in the next month.

ACO case managers positively impact the revenue cycle by promoting and providing preventive health measures and chronic disease management principles to stabilize resource consumption within their population pool.

Tips from our featured course

Case Managers Align Resources with Population Needs

One of the "Six Functions of Care Coordination" involves a system-level assessment of the needs of populations to identify and address gaps in services. Aggregating the needs assessments of individual patients is one method that should be used to identify the population's needs.

Care coordination and feedback from providers and patients should also be used to identify opportunities for improvement. Examples of such population health coordination might be:

  • Identifying clusters of patients who smoke
  • Offering smoking cessation programs in those neighborhoods
  • Identifying long wait times for specific subspecialty consultations
  • Designing electronic referral systems that reduce referral delays

[Population Health, Module C, Transitions of Care]

Impacting the Bottom Line

At one time case management was considered an expense item with a goal of cost containment. Now, case management with its multiple disciplines is a major component in achieving positive revenues.

Case Managers are in a unique position to support the revenue cycle and bridge the gap between the hospital finance and clinical departments through the Case Management practice standards including:

  • Patient advocacy
  • Providing resource stewardship
  • Acting as a liaison among patients, payers and the healthcare team

[Case Manager Express, Module B, Improving Claims]

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