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November 2013 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
University of Chicago Medical Center
The University of Alabama
Special Announcement
Now through March 15, 2014, CMSA is accepting applications for the Case Management Practice Improvement Award and Case Management Research Award, which pay tribute to the case management individual, group, or organization offering the most outstanding research or evidence-based practice program.

Each award recognizes programs that use findings from a research or quality/performance improvement (QI/PI) project for innovation in the advancement of case management practice and/or improved client outcomes.
This holiday season, all of us at the Case Management Foundation are thankful for you, the CMSA community.  Your support has made it possible for CMF to provide programs that nurture the next generation of case managers, such as the recent Integrated Case Management Sponsorship. So far, the program has sponsored three case managers who are attending the Sections I and II of the ICM training.
In the coming year,  CMF would like to grow the sponsorship program to help even more case managers advance in their career goals.  Visit CMF online to learn more about CMF's initiatives to support the case management community and to donate.  Have a great holiday season!
Featured Events
Tuesday, December 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm CST

Join CMSA President Nancy Skinner to discuss current CMSA activities and member benefit updates. Use this time to ask questions and interact with your association president on CMSA hot topics. This is a great way to stay connected to your association and understand how your association is supporting you.
All of the CMSA community (members and nonmembers) are welcome to attend.  Reserve your space today!
Embrace the Changing Rhythms of Healthcare
Save the date for CMSA’s 2014 Conference & Expo, set to be held June 17 – 20 at the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Healthcare Innovation in Cleveland, OH!  Whether you’re just getting into the groove of your career or your practice is finely tuned, gain clinical, professional and personal growth at this premier event.
Book your hotel and learn about opportunities to highlight your company today!  Registration will open in January 2014.
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
American Pharmacists Association
Member Announcements
Are you ready to lead? The nominations period for CMSA’s National Board of Directors is open through November 30, 2013!

As a not-for-profit Section 501(c)(6) professional society, CMSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. In keeping with the mission "to promote the individual and collective professional development of health care case managers," future leaders will join a team of visionary leaders and dedicated professionals who are setting the pace with case management practice and health policy in today’s health care environment.

Learn more and submit your nomination form today!
CMSA's Extended Conference offers up-to-date sessions on best practices and hot topics from CMSA's 2013 Annual Conference.  Gain continuing education hours at an excellent value, and take courses online and on demand when it's most convenient for you!  Health Care Reform, Professional Development and Transitions of Care are just a few of the eleven categories in which you can take sessions to keep up with best practices and hot topics in case management.
Attendees of the 2013 conference receive a 50% discount off the full non-attendee rate for each package, and CMSA members receive an additional 15% discount off each package option!
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President,
TCS Healthcare Technologies
Medicaid Programs are in the spotlight as the United States moves forward with a myriad of health care reform initiatives. As a result, health plans and providers will need to utilize care management software and related health information technology (IT) systems to support the care coordination needs of underinsured and uninsured Americans.
With millions of individuals already receiving insurance coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and 10 million-plus expected to join in the next few years, Medicaid is set to become an even bigger part of the case management industry, and in a broader sense, the health care delivery system.
Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
Articles and Links
Virtual Research Data Center offers secure, timely access to data at lower cost
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
In a move that advances the Obama administration’s work to make the health care system more transparent and accountable—and to help meet the pressing challenge of health care delivery system reform—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 12 announced the launch of the CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) at the White House event Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships.   Part of the President’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which aims to improve researchers’ ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the VRDC is a secure and efficient means for researchers to virtually access and analyze CMS’s vast store of health care data.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Detailing results of the first reporting period (Oct. 1-Nov. 2, 2013) of the Health Insurance Marketplace’s Open Enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Nov. 13 that 106,185 individuals have selected plans from the Marketplace, and another 975,407 have made it through the process by applying and receiving an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected a plan.  An additional 396,261 have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Industry Events
The National Transitions of Care Coalition, a partnering organization of CMSA, hosts its National Transitions of Care Summit in Washington, DC on December 2, bringing together health care professionals, policy makers and other care transitions stakeholders from across the country to address national health care issues as they relate to care transitions.  Summit panels and keynotes will highlight pathways to care transitions improvement including health care public policy, technological advancements, leading TOC models and patient engagement.
Space is limited; register today!
CMSA Members: Save $300 on any of the events below when you use promo code CMSA300.
The World Congress 4th Annual Leadership Summit on Hospital Readmissions
January 30-31, 2014 | Orlando, FL
The Remote Patient Monitoring Summit
January 30-31, 2014 | Orlando, FL
The 11th Annual Physician Advisor Summit
March 24-25, 2014 | Orlando, FL


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