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July 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
CMSA is pleased to present the Career and Knowledge Pathways (CKP) training program, a contextual learning platform for case managers providing a combination of video vignettes, gaming simulations, and downloadable case studies, now available for the CMSA community.

The first course developed within the CKP learning platform is the Standards of Practice: The Foundation for Professional Excellence in Coordination of Care Across the Continuum launching to the case management profession after several months of feedback from beta testing and company pilot users. 

To learn more and sign up for the first course within the CKP, please visit
Offered during CMSA’s regional conference week in Las Vegas is Section II face-to-face training for CMSA’s Integrated Case Management Training Program. If you have already completed ICM Section 1 or are interested in completing both sections of this training in 2014, consider attending both this training and the regional conference in Las Vegas in October! 

More information and registration details for ICM Section I and II are available at

Featured Events
Are you interested in gaining knowledge about the case management profession and options for enhancing your professional recognition through certification?
If so, join the Case Management Society of America in Las Vegas this October for the 2014 CMSA Regional Conference! A full day of sessions offered in two tracks will focus on information integral to both the case management process and closely associated knowledge domains, including:

• Rehabilitation and Vocational Aspects
• Essential Legal and Ethical Knowledge
• Psychosocial Aspects
• Essential Concepts in Acute & Managed Care
• Transitional Care
• CMSA’s Standards of Practice for Case Management
• Certification for the Case/Care Manager

This event is held in partnership with the Case Management Association of Las Vegas, where conference attendees will receive a pass to CMALV’s Vendor Splendor, providing a festive atmosphere for case managers to network with fellow case managers, celebrate National Case Management Week, and learn about community resources.

Ready to expand your professional horizon? 
Save the date! CMSA is headed back to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the importance of case management to healthcare delivery. Hill Day 2014 will be held Thursday, Sept. 10; please visit www. for details in the coming days.
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
CMSA is pleased to announce the installment of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors, which took place at the 24th Annual Conference & Expo on June 20, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The new board includes Incoming President Kathy Fraser, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN, as well as Treasurer Catherine Campbell, MSN, RN, MBA, CHC, CCM, FACHE, Directors Margaret Chu, RN, BSN, MPA, RNC, CCM, CPHQ, and Director Janet Coulter, RN, MSN, MS, CCM. 
CMSA’s 2014-2016 President Kathy Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN, was recently recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Worker’s Compensation and Occupational Medicine" by SEAK. Way to go, Kathy!

CMSA Treasurer Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, has been selected as a Fellow to be inducted into the 2014 American Academy of Nursing. Way to go, Jose!
CMAG 2012 addresses medication and treatment adherence as defined by WHO as being one of the primary reasons for readmissions and emergency room visits. The information and tools presented in this edition serve the professional care management community as the standard by which case managers can advance assistance, coaching, and monitoring efforts with the goal of ultimately improving care delivery and patient outcomes. CMSA has made medication adherence a strategic initiative since 2004, as part of its central mission to be the trusted source of resources that support and enable the professional growth of care managers. Given the key leadership role of case managers in the provision, transfer and coordination of patient information and treatment, CMSA is invested in providing educational materials like CMAG which enable case managers to be more effective in improving care quality.

Learn more and access your copy at
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

The world of health care communications is changing rapidly. The days of recording patient health information by pen and paper and locking it away in a file cabinet, then Xeroxing and faxing it, or stuffing it into an envelope and mailing it to a patient are becoming extinct. Traditional paper-based communication is being replaced by electronic applications, such as patient portals, email, and text messages and educational content sent automatically to cell phones or tablets based on needs identified in a patient’s health profile, remote monitoring devices, automated alerts to patients and providers, etc. 
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
"Navigator" program will continue to help consumers understand health coverage options as they enroll in coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the availability of $11 million, through the Affordable Care Act and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, to support the integration of high‐quality HIV services into primary care through innovative partnerships between health centers and state health departments in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York. This initiative supports the goals of the Administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
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

mHealth + Telehealth World 2014
July 22 - 24, 2014 • Boston, MA

11th Annual Patents for Financial Services Summit
July 23 - 24, 2014 • New York City, NY



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