New Care Coordination Training

One of our Registered Nurse Care Coordinators, Jessy DiDio, recently flew to Michigan and completed the Care Coordination and Care Management Training at the Practice Transformation Institute.

Topics of study included:

  • Motivation Interviewing to Enhance Self-Management Support
  • Health Coaching/Counseling with Self-Management Support
  • Flinders Self-Management Model
  • Care Coordination and Transitions Management
  • Integrating a Care Management Team into a Practice
  • Evidence-Based Guidelines Across the Life Span
  • Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, End of Life Care
  • PCMH and PCMH-N
  • Case Studies and Discussion

What is Care Coordination and Care Management Training?

 

For more information about the course, visit http://www.transformcoach.org/.

Cost Of And Deaths Due to Antibiotic-Resistance Reach New Highs

Source: FierceHealthcare, Matt Kurt

Antibiotic resistance adds more than $1,000 to the cost of treatment for a single patient, according to a new study. Multiply that by the estimated number of antibiotic-resistant infections, and costs run well over $2 billion per year.

The study, published Wednesday in Health Affairs and conducted by researchers from Emory University and Saint Louis University, used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Household Component collected from January 2002 through December 2014 to estimate the number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections per year. During the period, such infections doubled from about 5% in 2002 to 11% in 2014.

Regression analysis suggested the incremental cost of treating an antibiotic-resistant infection was $1,383, a number that the authors note “likely understated the economic and healthcare impacts of antibiotic-resistant infections for several reasons.” Given the rapid growth in the number of such infections, however, even a conservative estimate yields costs substantial enough to make the case for increased policy focus on antibiotic stewardship and other actions geared toward combating the threat.

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What Providers Can Do This National Suicide Prevention Week

Source: Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, bringing awareness to the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. This week is a time for physicians, nurses, and other providers to learn more about how their healthcare organizations can help suicidal patients.

In 2013, 9.3 million adults had suicidal thoughts, 1.3 million attempted suicide, and 41,149 died. Even more worrying is that the rate of suicides has increased 24% between 1999 and 2014. And as of March 2017, Joint Commission surveyors have been putting special focus on suicide, self-harm, and ligature observations in psychiatric units and hospitals. Surveyors are documenting all observations of self-harm risks, and evaluating whether the facility has:

  • Identified these risks before
    •    Has plans to deal with these risks
    •    Conducted an effective environmental risk assessment process

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