Browsing: advocacy


Suicide Prevention in Teens and Children

BY DR. SUZANNE RYBCZYNSKI AND DR. CARMEN LOPEZ-ARVIZU On October 19, 2021, faced with the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on an already strained pediatric mental health system, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital Association declared a “national emergency in children’s mental…


In the Pursuit of Mental Health Parity Insurance Coverage

BY GARRY CARNEAL, JD, MA Treating diseases of the brain is as important as treating any physical ailment or condition. Yet, the health insurance industry in the United States has never covered mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUDs) appropriately. As a result, depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health conditions…

Care Corner

Retirement, Ready or Not

BY LAURA OSTROWSKY, RN, CCM, MUP Welcome to a new column that will feature articles that focusing on Caring for YOU—our readers. In this issue we look at retirement from three leaders in the industry. We hope their works help you as, regardless of your age, we all need to prepare…

Health Improvement

Three Ways Case Managers Can Influence Return-to-Work Outcomes

BY MICHELLE DESPRES, PT, CEAS II, REAS, CETS “When patterns of injuries occur in groups of workers, an ergonomics assessment can help identify risks associated with administrative controls, behavioral controls or personal protective equipment. Once identified, these issues can be resolved, further setting the stage for successful return to work.” In…

Advance Directives

“Do You Have an Advance Directive?”

BY MYRA KATZ, PA-C, BCPA How many times have you been asked this question? We are typically asked any time we go to a hospital, surgical center or emergency room, and if you say “no,” you are often given a lengthy form and asked to fill it out without any explanation.…


A Conversation With Raine Arndt-Couch, JD, MSW, LCSW/LCSW-C, CCM

BY MELANIE A. PRINCE, MSN, BSN, NE-BC, CCM, FAAN Each month in this column we highlight an up and coming case management leader. The criteria for a nomination are that the professional has contributed to the practice of case management and has inspired others step up become leaders in their area…

Transitions of Care

Recurrent Clostridioides Difficile: Building Bridges Through Transitions of Care

BY TEENA CHOPRA, MD, MPH, MATHEW LEPERA, DO, AND GLENN TILLOTSON, PhD BACKGROUND Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) infection is the number one cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea. Additionally, it is increasingly a cause of gastrointestinal illness in the community, with more than one-third of all U.S. infections occurring outside the hospital setting. There are approximately…

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