CMS has changed its selection process for medical records for short-stay reviews under the 2-midnight rule. This could be problematic for some organizations, says Ronald Hirsch, MD, FACP, CHCQM, vice president at R1 Physician Advisory Services in Chicago.
Leah Jacoby, a veteran neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse, recently interviewed for a case management position that she hoped would help her make the jump from the clinical world to care coordination and patient advocacy.
There is little doubt that food plays a crucial role in health, but eating habits are often treated as a lifestyle, not a medical issue. That recently changed in Pennsylvania when a group of hospitals banded together to pilot a new program, The Healthy Food Access Pilot, which strives to help at-risk patients eat well in an effort to improve health outcomes.
Mary, a medical case manager, was comforting Susan, the daughter of one of her patients, who was distressed because her mother was hospitalized with a broken hip. Susan, an only child, was the primary caregiver for both her parents. After visiting her mother in the hospital, Susan would run home to provide evening care for her father, who had a home-care technician during the day.