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August 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
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

A huge thank you goes out to all those who contributed to support the Case Management Foundation this June at the Case Management Society of America’s Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. CMF was able to raise over $12,000 in donations, as well as receive feedback from the case management community that is shaping the way our one-of-a-kind organization will move forward.

One way that the Case Management Foundation – a charitable, not for profit organization created to support education, research, and professional development for case management professionals – supports case managers is through scholarship programs. CMF is accepting applications for the 2014 ICM Scholarship Program, a hardship scholarship that will cover registrations both sections of the ICM Program.
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Featured Events
In continuation of CMSA's Certification Webinar series to assist the case manager in moving toward certification, CMSA will host the following webinar:

Choosing the Certification Path
Thursday, September 11
1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT
Presented by: Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN

The last session of this series will examine several of the certifications offered to the nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals seeking to validate their expertise in case management, care management, or care coordination. A panel of invited certification experts will present their individual programs and steps required to achieve professional certification.
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.

Ready to expand your professional horizon? 
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
At no additional cost with CMSA membership, network with other passionate case managers, and get involved to impact your practice and the industry of case management as a the 2014 Hill Day on September 10 in Washington, D.C.!

The annual CMSA Hill Day provides participants with the opportunity to play a direct role in the legislative process by meeting with House and Senate representatives, as well as meeting and interacting with colleagues who share a passion for case management, and most importantly, offering the valuable insight that only a case management professional can provide.

Register today if you want to make a difference and influence the decisions that are made in regard to your practice, network with other passionate case managers, and express your point of view to bring about change!
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

It’s that time of year again. CMSA’s Extended Conference packages are here! So those of you who were not able to attend the conference, or those of you who attended but missed some of the sessions, will now be able to go online and view them at your convenience. For those of you who missed the conference, let me give you an overview. The 24th Annual Conference & Expo, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was a terrific success!
CMAG Helps Impact Education and Guidance for Case Managers


Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified medication non-adherence as one of the primary reasons for readmissions and emergency room visits. There is clearly a bottom-line impact on both clinical outcomes as well as financial significance. Research completed at the Mayo Clinic indicated that 50 percent of patients do not take medications as prescribed. Identification of non-adherence is challenging. This article also stated that non-adherence is responsible for 11 percent of hospital readmissions.
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
Final rule strengthens tie between payment and quality improvement

The final rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopts improvements in the quality of care that limit payment for hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions. The rule, which updates Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) for fiscal year (FY) 2015, builds on the administration’s efforts for better hospital patient outcomes and slowing the long-term health care cost growth. The rule also supports price transparency by reminding hospitals of the Affordable Care Act requirement to post or otherwise make their charges available to patients and the public.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CDC data provides baseline for EHR adoption among health care providers

Significant increases in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among the nation’s physicians and hospitals are detailed in two new studies published by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The studies, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that in 2013, almost eight in ten (78 percent) office-based physicians reported they adopted some type of EHR system. About half of all physicians (48 percent) had an EHR system with advanced functionalities in 2013, a doubling of the adoption rate in 2009.
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 CMSA

2nd Annual West Physician Advisor & Case Management Summit
Oct. 20-21, 2014 • San Diego, CA

This two-day Summit brings together hospitals from all over the western United States to share strategies on how to integrate the Physician Advisor & Directors of Case Management into their health system, overcome the challenges of difficult rules and regulations, as well as how to successfully avoid claim denials using education and clinical documentation. (May not be combined with any other offer.) For an immediate reservation, call 781-939-2400 or reserve online at


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