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Activity Steps


The authors present the findings of a study designed to identify system inefficiencies through admission and continued stay reviews of surgical inpatients. Using evidence-based criteria, they examined inpatient surgery cases to identify the appropriate level of care for admissions and subsequent bed days of care. The implications for case managers include the need to collaborate with surgery service to ensure that strong processes are in place to review surgical admissions. Proactive efforts to address these conditions may help avoid unnecessary bed days and extended lengths of stay.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Explain the need for utilization management (UM) programs within the VA health care system.
  2. Summarize the primary reasons VA inpatient surgical cases were not meeting admission and continued stay criteria.
  3. Select actions case managers can take to ensure appropriate level of care in VA inpatient surgical cases.

Learning Outcomes

Seventy-five percent of participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of level of care appropriateness in Veterans Administration (VA) inpatient surgery cases, achieving a posttest score of 70% or greater.
Price: $21.95


  • CCMC 1.0 CH

This Continuing Education (CE) activity is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and has been preapproved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) for 1.0 CE contact hours.

Professions: Case Manager
Test Code: PCM0523ACM
Published: May/Jun 2023
Expires: 5/1/2024
Required Passing Score: 7/10 (70%)
Authors: Britta Neugaard, PhD, MPH, Ruth Politi, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE; Christy McCay, BSBME