Welcome back from the Labor Day Holiday. I hope you all had a chance to relax and spend the last days of the summer with family and friends. Over the next few weeks, debates for the next President of the United States will take place. I urge you to take time to listen to both candidates so you can make an informed decision on Election Day. Much of the discussion will focus on the economy and what each candidate plans to do to get it back on track. Healthcare will also be a major topic as escalating healthcare cost continues to strain the fragile economy.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, forward-thinking organizations and healthcare professionals have been testing new models of care that will change how care is delivered and paid for. One element of any strategy is to make sure consumers are engaged in their care, better educated to understand the plan of care and the alternatives to the plan that allow them to make more informed decisions. The challenge many people face is not merely communicating accurate information to the consumer, but understanding how to present and target that information so that it is actually used in decision-making.
Case managers have a critical role in assisting consumers to be more and more engaged. They need to be visible and available so when patients or their caregivers have questions, they know who to turn to for questions. The case manager might not always have the answers, but they have the skills to do the research and connect with professionals who can clarify information.
To assist you in your efforts, the editorial team at Dorland Health puts together products and services with you in mind. Each article in Case In Point, each webinar, each Special Report, Summit and event that we produce focuses on topics that you can use in your practice.
If you did not get the chance to tune in to our August webinars
last week, I urge you to consider using them for a lunch and learn in the near future. Both programs provided an outline of the challenges facing the industry and your role during these disruptive times.
Lastly, if you can make the journey, Dorland Health is hosting its annual Care Coordination Summit in Washington, D.C.
, on Sept. 14. You will not be disappointed with the event. The faculty is putting the finishing touches on their presentations and will be ready to share their expertise and insights into the leading trends and innovations putting into place to improve communications, ensure care is safe, efficient and effective and delivered in the least restrictive setting. If you cannot attend the live event, you can still participate as the event will be videotaped and available on demand a few weeks after the live program.
Over the next few weeks, I will be working on the 2013 editorial calendar, so if you have a topic that you would like us to explore, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good week!