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April 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
New CMSA Certification Series Starts with April 24 Webinar

For the first time, CMSA is offering a series to assist the case manager in moving toward certification. This set of webinars and live concurrent sessions at CMSA's 24th Annual Conference & Expo focuses on information that is integral to both the case management process and closely associated knowledge domains, such as legal/regulatory issues, acute/managed care concepts, and psychosocial aspects. 

The April 24th webinar, hosted by CMSA President Nancy Skinner and CMSA Executive Director Cheri Lattimer, covers general information regarding certification and the value that recognition of your professional expertise provides. Additionally, this 90-minute program presents an overview of the CMSA Standards of Practice that serve as the foundation of that practice. Register at:

No additional cost is associated with the webinars or live sessions; however, conference registration is required to attend the concurrent track at the annual conference.


Early bird registration rates have been extended to April 30 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!

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. 

Explore sessions with the most relevant case management education and the highest caliber of health care innovation and technology available today, including one of the hottest topics in health care today, transitions of care. These presentations will offer you best practices, tools, and resources to facilitate improved care transitions and establish care that is more efficient, safer, and more effective. Explore sessions here!

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

In 2013, two of the Case Management Foundation's corporate partners came together to offer a spectacular vacation giveaway. CMSA hosted CMF at their annual conference, at which CMF raffled off an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii donated by Angel MedFlight.

Both CMSA and Angel MedFlight are making the same contributions to the Foundation in 2014! If you are attending this year’s CMSA Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, make sure to stop by the CMF Booth and enter this year’s vacation raffle!

Enter to find out! The first 20 guesses to this year's trip location will win a free entry into the raffle (must be present at CMSA Annual Conference, CMF raffle to win). Simply send an email to with your best guess by April 24, 2014, and your name will be entered into the drawing! Also, the first correct guess received will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card by mail!

Featured Events
CMSA is pleased to present another educational resource to the case management community: the CMSA Webinar Series. The topics for these webinars were carefully selected, based on feedback from the CMSA community and trending topics across the health care community. View information and register for the first webinar in the series on April 30 below. To view all upcoming webinars in this series, visit

The first webinar in this series, "Discussion of the 2-Midnight Benchmark for Inpatient Hospital Admissions and Related Order and Certification Provisions" will take place on Wed., April 30, at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. Register at:

American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
Sessions from the Annual Conference Available for Online Learning & CEs

If you attended CMSA's 2013 conference but missed some of the sessions, or you weren’t able to attend the conference , you can "attend" now — any time that is convenient for you! CMSA members and non-members alike may attend sessions with CMSA's Extended Conference courses.

Check out some of the most popular courses from the 2013 conference below: 

—Changing the Landscape of Depression Treatment: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Pharmacoresistant Major Depression:

—Toward Indivualized, Patient-Centered Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis: The Role of Case Management:

—Offering New Techniques in the Treatment of Nerve Pain and Peripheral Paralysis:

—An Innovative Case Manager Gatekeeper Role for Same Day Surgical Procedures:

Sessions are offered in packages to meet your needs. The "Full Conference" package contains 42 sessions presented at the conference. Or you can choose from smaller packages that contain five, 15, or 25 sessions.

Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

Immediate and ongoing analysis of data is an essential aspect of any organization today. In the past, organizations relied upon weekly or monthly reports to show how well the business or programs were doing. Decisions were then made, based on that information. Today, with the increased use of health information technology (HIT), we don’t have to wait that long to make decisions or change direction. We have a wealth of real-time data available and the ability to analyze it quickly to make immediate decisions or program changes.

Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
St. David's HealthCare
Articles and Links
Today, as part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more transparent, affordable, and accountable, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of new, privacy-protected data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals. The new data also show payment and submitted charges, or bills, for those services and procedures by provider.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The nation’s health is improving in more than half of the critical measures that are known to have major influence in reducing preventable disease and death, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Industry Events
CMSA Members: Save $300 on any of the events below when you use promo code CMSA300.

The 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Integrated Delivery Networks 
May 1-2, 2014 | San Diego, CA

The Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Containment Summit
June 24-25, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA

The 13th Annual Patient Flow and Emergency Management Summit
June 25-26, 2014 | Chicago, IL

CMSA Members: Save $100 off the non-member registration fee by April 24 when you use promo code CMSA2014

Friday, May 2, 2014 | Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*Note: The deadline has been extended to April 24. 



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