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New Studies Show Benefits of Care Management

Latest research projects are good news for growing field

Two new studies on care management show encouraging results regarding the effectiveness of case managers in improving patient outcomes and/or reducing costs.

The first study, released by elder-care solutions company Seniorlink and reported Oct. 26 in Healthcare Finance News, analyzed the data of nearly 2,000 Seniorlink patients in Massachusetts and Indiana, and compared it the national benchmark Medicare Current Beneficiaries Survey.

The study found patients with complex conditions who were supported by engaged family members and technology-enabled care managers “had significantly lower rates of inpatient hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and falls, resulting in healthcare costs savings,” the magazine said.

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Leaders Can Prepare for Uncertainty and Turbulence

Why Staff Training Now More Than Ever Makes Sense for Managed Healthcare Plans

Woman leading Staff trainingWhat are managed healthcare leaders talking about? Certainly at the top of the list is caution and concern about legislative changes in the existing Affordable Care Act, and how Medicaid funding to states may change. Runaway drug costs are also prompting calls from legislators, health plans, and the citizenry, for more pricing transparency and accountability. Change is a certainty, the degree of change is still unfolding.

Medicaid – Shrink or Grow?

Health plans face a future filled with even more demands to do more with less. In a recent NPR interview, a California-based health plan CEO expressed an opinion that states may turn to health plans even more to help them as they manage with less with the remainder of their Medicaid population. Short-term growth in contracts with states might be in store for health plans if this holds true.

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Care Excellence Course Author Dedicated to Training Next Generation

Case Management Training Built on Real-World Experience

Rebecca MontanoWith more than 25 years in case management, Rebecca Montano, Ph.D., MBA, CRC, CCM, CMC has dedicated her life to helping others, and now she is helping train the next generation of care managers.

“I’m all about learning and teaching all the time,” she said. “I learn so much from teaching.”

Montano wants to see care management grow and thrive, in an effort to improve patient care and reduce the need for medical services by helping patients and caregivers more effectively manage health conditions. One way to do that is to train the next generation of care managers.

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