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January 2014 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
Each year, CMSA pays special tribute at its annual conference to those individuals or organizations who have demonstrated distinguished service to the case management profession.

View the award categories and deadlines below:
· Individual Recognition Awards
  Deadline: Feb. 14
· Chapter Excellence and Innovation Awards
  Deadline: Feb. 14
· Case Management Practice Improvement Award and Case
  Management Research Award

  Deadline: Mar. 15
To learn more about CMSA’s awards program, visit Submit your application or nominate a colleague today!
Featured Events
Embracing the Changing Rhythms of Health Care
Registration is now open 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, Ohio! This year’s theme, Embracing the Changing Rhythms of Health Care, conveys the opportunity for you, CMSA and the entire case management community to be instrumental in improving patient care, quality, and coordination during a period of significant changes in the provision and delivery of health care.   

While CMSA's conference always strives to deliver the most timely, significant, and relevant knowledge to the case management community, this year's conference – in Cleveland, an international hub for health care innovation – serves as a catalyst for CMSA to provide the most valuable content in its more than two decades of conference history.  

Whether you’re just getting into the groove of your career, or your practice is finely tuned, you won’t want to miss this premier event! Learn more and register at
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Member Announcements
Congratulations to the winners of CMSA's Fall Membership Drive! 

3rd Place Winners:
- Cleveland Chapter of CMSA
- New Jersey Case Management Society of America
- Long Island Chapter of the Case Management Society of America

2nd Place Winners:
- Case Management Society of New England 
- CMSA, Atlanta Chapter

1st Place Winner:
- CMSA Chicago

View the video of the results here. Congratulations again, and thank you to all of CMSA's chapter leaders for their hard work and dedication! A listing of all of CMSA’s chapters can be found here
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 percent discount off the full non-attendee rate for each package, and CMSA members receive an additional 15 percent discount off each package option!
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies
This time of year, industry publications and even mainstream media are inundated with editorial on health care trends and predictions for the coming months. As we ramp up for 2014, the timing is perfect for case managers and other providers to evaluate how the medical management system is evolving to support patients.  

Without a doubt, we have observed numerous changes over the years regarding how case management programs are defined and operated. The Affordable Care Act, value-based purchasing, advancements in health information systems, among other factors, have accelerated the pace of change.  

Along with evolving trends come new buzzwords – in our field, "population health management" tops the list. Although this phrase has been around for many years, the population health management (PHM) model has made significant inroads as integrated delivery systems, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), and hospital readmission prevention programs, have emerged.  
Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
St. David's HealthCare
Articles and Links
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to ensure that Medicaid’s home and community-based services programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings. The rule, as part of the Affordable Care Act, supports the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Living Initiative. The initiative was launched in 2009 to develop and implement innovative strategies to increase opportunities for Americans with disabilities and older adults to enjoy meaningful community living.
Thirty percent of those who selected plans were under age 35
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Nearly 2.2 million people have selected plans from the state and federal marketplaces by Dec. 28, 2013 (the end of third reporting period for open enrollment), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.

A new HHS report provides the first demographic information about enrollees. December alone accounted for nearly 1.8 million enrollees in state and federal marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in December was seven-fold greater than the combined total for October and November – and eight-fold greater for young adults ages 18 to 34.
Industry Events
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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