Signallamp Health Blog

Summer Allergies - Chronic Care Management

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Jun 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The most common form of asthma is allergic asthma or allergy induced asthma. As we approach the summer season, pollen is in the air. As a Signallamp Nurse, I know that patients who have a history of allergies and asthma are at higher risk for an asthma flare up. The most valuable information I will educate my patient on, is understanding and building an asthma action plan through effective nurse care management.

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

HAPPY NURSES WEEK!

Posted by Drew Kearney, JD on May 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may not remember your name, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

Chronic Care Management: Healthy Holiday Eating

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Apr 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

After major holidays, hospitals across the country will often see an increasing number of hospital admissions for heart failure. As a RN care manager, my goal is to educate patients on what they should or should not do during the holidays to help manage their conditions, but still enjoy themselves.

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

Transition of Care: Patient Benefits

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Mar 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What is Transition of Care, how does it help my patient, and what are the challenges for providers?

Transition of Care (TOC) is a CMS reimbursement intended to help patients as they move from an acute setting back to the community. The smooth transition back home is essential if we are to help patients maintain their health long term, keep more patients in their home, and reduce unnecessary readmissions. 

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Topics: Transitional Care Management

Chronic Care Management: Medication Reconciliation

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Mar 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Per the National Quality Forum, there is approximately $21 billion spent annually on medication errors between hospital and outpatient settings. There are several reasons that contribute to a false or incomplete medication reconciliation process. Reasons range from the physician and nurse communication/workflow, the patient’s understanding and knowledge of their medications, and lack of interchangeable health records. As an RN Care Manager for Signallamp Health, LLC, one of my main duties is to complete the Medication Reconciliation Process on the first call with the patient, bimonthly, and as needed.

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

Chronic Care Management: American Heart Month

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Feb 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

February is American Heart Month.

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

Long-Term RN Relationships: Diabetes

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Feb 10, 2017 11:22:04 AM

Long-Term Relationships with Your Chronically-Ill Patients

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management

Long-Term RN Relationships: Fall Prevention

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

According to the CDC, millions of people 65 and older fall yearly at an estimated cost of $31 billion in medical expenses alone per year.  As an RN Care Manager, two key goals are to keep the patient at home and to prevent hospitalization.

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Topics: Dedicated nurse care management

Long-Term RN Relationships:   COPD Case Study

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Jan 12, 2017 4:43:26 PM

Long-Term Relationships with Your Chronically-Ill Patients

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management, Dedicated nurse care management

Extending Relationships with Chronically Ill Patients

Posted by Jen Nicastro, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing on Dec 29, 2016 12:14:55 PM

Under MACRA/MIPS and the physician Fee Schedule, Medicare is demanding and paying clinicians for providing care outside of regular office visits.  3 out of the 4 MIPS performance categories and an additional 7 CPT codes in 2017 relate to providing care management.

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Topics: Nurses and Chronic Care Management, Dedicated nurse care management