by Karen Boyce, RN,CDDN,SANE
PCHC Community Based Nurse
In July 2009, I joined Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care’s nursing team.
One of the provider agencies I was assigned to support, is an agency that supports people in both group homes and ICF/MRs.
Over the past five years, I have welcomed every opportunity to work alongside a nurse at that agency for whom I have great respect.
So, to answer the question……that nurse is Kay Fleming.
Medicare Open Enrollment Period
As time goes on, we find that our health can change from year to year. Whether we require an increased number of lab tests,
medications or weekly visits to a primary care physician, it is important to ensure that as our health care concerns change,
so does our health plan coverage.
What is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment is the time of year that allows those with Medicare benefits
to update or alter their plan to meet their needs medically and/or financially.
The enrollment period takes place from October 15th – December 7th.
Need More Info?
For further information on the Medicare health plan coverage options and to compare your current health plan go to
Additional resources provided by CMS can be accessed by clicking here.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and what better way to acknowledge that month than to provide a guide on diabetes
developed by Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC).
So, what is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses food as an energy source. Glucose (sugar) is derived from the food we eat and our liver creates and stores it to maintain normal glucose levels. The body
produces insulin, a hormone released by the pancreas, which allows glucose to enter the body cells. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce
enough insulin or it can’t use the insulin that is produced.
There are different types of diabetes such as: Type I, Type II,
and Gestational diabetes ...Learn More
Are they at risk or beginning to show signs or symptoms of Dysphagia and/or Dementia?
PCHC has recently translated two very important documents into Spanish to help support people with ID:
Do you know an individual who has dual diagnosis who is struggling in his/her current home, who has
been hospitalized or used crisis services several times over the last year? Community Behavioral Health (CBH), Philadelphia’s Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization,
has just recently opened a new program known as the Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities Community Treatment Team (BHID CTT). This team is
designed to support people who have dual diagnosis and to help them remain in their Current living arrangement.
PCHC now offers Regional FACE TO FACE trainings on the topics that are part
of the Dual Diagnosis Curriculum. Please see our
Training Curriculum for a list of available Dual Diagnosis trainings.
The training topics are designed to develop DSP competency in dual diagnosis support and are complimentary to the National Association for Dual Diagnosis DSP Certification.
The following form: Passport to the Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum, can help you track the trainings you take as part of the curriculum.
If you have any questions about the trainings offered, please call the Education Department at 215.546.0300 extension 3681 for more details.
Click here to learn more about the
PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum.