Category Archives: Elder Care

The Unrecognized Game Changer for COPD: Pulmonary Rehab


COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, where it is estimated that 16 million people have the disease. It is debilitating, leading to the inability to conduct one’s normal activities of daily living due to shortness of breath and deconditioning. A 2020 study, recently published in JAMA, found that COPD patients who participated in a pulmonary rehabilitation program within 90 days of hospitalization for exacerbation of their disease experienced a dramatic decrease in mortality rate […]

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Clinician Turned Patient: View From the Other Side


I recently had the opportunity to experience patient care from the vantage point of a hospital bed when, as a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, I experienced a series of adverse reactions following my first round of chemotherapy. I spent seven long days in the hospital. When it was finally time for me be discharged, I had strong concerns, as a professional case manager and registered respiratory therapist, about how my ongoing recovery would continue following my transition to home. […]

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Press Release: CMSA Elects Victoria Florentine to BOD


The Case Management Society of America, Sacramento Chapter, has elected Victoria Florentine, BA, RRT, CCM, AE-C, to the 2016 Board of Directors.  Victoria is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Case Manager, and is the President and Owner of Select Respiratory Services, LLC.  This is the first time a Respiratory Therapist has been elected to the Board of Directors for this Chapter of the CMSA. Select Respiratory Services, LLC, provides home respiratory care and consulting services.  It is based in […]