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Becoming an Influential Case Manager

BY JOSE ALEJANDRO, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN Case managers throughout the healthcare continuum often find themselves in the most complex situations. This means case managers need the necessary negotiation skills, process improvement techniques, knowledge base and skills to influence a complicated and transforming healthcare system. How many times have we heard that it […]

What Does It Mean to Be a Professional?

BY REBECCA PEREZ, RN, BSN, CCM All professions have unique skills, knowledge, and ethical standards that guide the professional in what knowledge and responsibilities are required and how to execute what has been learned. Three features characterize a profession and professional values: 1. Specialized training 2. Recognition of the need for standards of practice 3. […]

Technology Improving Health and Wellness

BY JOSE ALEJANDRO, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN As a child, I remember watching space travel and future world television shows and movies. I thought some of the technology advancements were far-fetched and would never come to reality in my lifetime. Admittedly, I was wrong, and much of what I saw in the past […]

Elder Law: New rules make changes to veterans’ needs-based government benefits

On Sept. 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs published new rules regarding needs-based, non-service related governmental benefits for veterans and their spouses. These benefits are commonly known as Aid and Attendance benefits. The new rules became effective Oct. 18. Aid and Attendance, along with another needs-based benefit called Housebound Allowance, provide monthly cash assistance paid […]