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September 2014 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
University of Chicago Medical Center
Special Announcement

National Case Management Week 2014 is your chance to celebrate case managers, and the case management industry. It’s YOUR week – October 12–18, 2014 – and an exciting time of recognition and celebration!

Case Management Week items are now available online. Order by September 30, 2014, to ensure delivery by CM Week. Help promote the case management industry and celebrate case managers everywhere who truly deserve a badge of honor for the work they do for others. Consider using these items to share and celebrate with your co-workers, donate to chapter meetings for door prizes, recognize your boss, or even to treat yourself!

Get great ideas for CM Week celebrations, order fun promotional products, and download items including the CM Week graphic and the CMSA Celebration and Promotion Guide at Also, connect with other participants and share your ideas on Facebook at
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! 

For those already trained in adult ICM, a new training course is now available entitled Pediatric Integrated Case Management (PICM), providing a comprehensive approach to complicated, high-risk children/youth and family/caregiver assistance provided by trained professionals with health-related credentials in the use of complexity-based, multi-domain, and cross-disciplinary management procedures. It is specifically designed for use with patients under the age of 18 years.

More information and registration details for ICM Section I and II are available at
When you donate to the Case Management Foundation (CMF), you are changing the lives of your peers and the patients in their care! With your help, CMF has been able to provide awards for Case Management Research and Practice Improvement, hardship scholarships to case managers for professional education and development, case management research studies, connections for case managers in diverse settings through social media, and volunteer opportunities to the case management community. CMF is truly case managers caring for each other.

Help CMF expand our programs and help even more case mangers become the best they can be. Celebrate Case Management Week, Oct.12–18, by making a donation at
Featured Events
In continuation of CMSA's 2014 Webinar series, CMSA will host the following webinar:

E-Tech Ethics 2014: To Boldly Go Where No Case Manager Has Gone Before
Wed., Sept. 24
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CDT
Presented by Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP Principal, EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC

Technology continues to captivate the health care industry. However, despite swift product advancement and the evident return on investment, a new generation of ethical dilemmas rages on for case managers, plus anyone involved in care coordination.

Register today to develop unique strategies and master the challenges of these changes.
What skills and knowledge do you need to be even more successful in your career as a case manager? Discover the pathway to your most efficient, effective and competitive practice this October at CMSA’s 2014 Regional Conference in Las Vegas, NV!

Sessions covering various aspects of the case management process will empower you with the information needed to make informed decisions on certification pathways that may be right for you. Content focused on care delivery and transitions will provide the skills needed to improve your clinical practice coordination.

In addition to gaining essential case management knowledge throughout the day, connect with the local chapter and colleagues in the evening at the CMALV Vendor Splendor! Held in conjunction with this year's regional conference, this event provides a festive atmosphere for case managers to network with fellow case managers, celebrate National Case Management Week, and learn about community resources. All conference registrations include a pass to the Vendor Splendor, presented by the Case Management Association of Las Vegas (CMALV).

Ready to expand your professional horizon?
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, CMSA’s National Board and Public Policy Committee united on Capitol Hill with nearly 60 members of its member community of case managers to address the value that professional case managers bring to improving care coordination and transitions of care with patients and their family caregivers.

Patricia Noonan, chair of CMSA’s Public Policy Committee, said it best: "We are committed to ensuring that members of Congress know who we are and the value we bring, not only in D.C. but also at the state level where our case managers practice. Each year it is exciting to see the passion and commitment case managers bring as they share their stories."

Enhance your conference experience online this summer by taking conference sessions you may have missed at CMSA’s annual conference! Extended Conference provides a cloud-based solution to obtain knowledge from industry thought leaders via online sessions at your own pace.

This resource provides immediate access to the sessions you need for continuing education credits. The content presented enables you to meet your professional goals as well as the requirements of their employer, professional association, and credentialing and licensing boards.

While sessions of relevance to your work setting and expertise may be at the top of your list, Extended Conference also provides a venue for case managers to access courses in an area of practice different from your expertise.
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

Next week, the Health Information Survey Series finale webinar titled, "The IT Factor: Years of Study Reveal Healthcare Trends" will take place. This complimentary session will examine how health information technology (health IT) factors are influencing the practice of case management and population health management programs. CMSA is a co-sponsor of the bi-annual research project and webinar series. The research team has created a longitudinal analysis of all three surveys and will be highlighting insights into the evolution of health IT applications and its impact on case managers and providers.
In recent years, apps have exploded onto the scene and dominated the mobile world with tens of thousands of apps boasting to make our lives easier to manage. The health care industry has not been left out of this equation – many apps now cater to health care professionals and offer a world of knowledge in one touch. To narrow your focus, each month we will feature one of the latest apps that provide reference, clinical guidance, patient engagement tools, and the latest research and news. 

This month we are featuring the Canopy Medical Translator! Eradicate the language barrier between your patients and provide more efficient care with this app. The app includes 1,500 common medical phrases created by medical professionals, available in four specialties: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and General Surgery. Find it on the App Store here! Price: Free.
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
Rule will help more providers use electronic health record technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

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

A team of specialized officers from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is being prepared to deploy to manage and staff a previously announced U.S. Department of Defense hospital in Liberia to care for health care workers who become ill from Ebola.

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Commissioned Corps is an elite uniformed service with more than 6,800 full-time, highly qualified public health professionals, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations domestically and abroad.

Sixty-five Commissioned Corps officers, with diverse clinical and public health backgrounds, will travel to Liberia to provide direct patient care to health care workers. In addition to their professional expertise, these officers will undergo further intensive training in Ebola response and advanced infection control.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Industry Events
Sept. 24, 12 p.m. EDT

TCS Healthcare Technologies (TCS) and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) are pleased to present the Health IT Survey Series finale webinar titled, "The IT Factor: Years of Study Reveal Healthcare Trends."

The session, scheduled for Sept. 24, 2014, at 12 p.m. EDT, will cover several key trend lines over the last six years.

Continuing Education Credits Available: CMSA has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to offer 1.2 contact hours (Provider #CEP11460). 

Parties interested in attending the webinar may click here to register.
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 U.S. 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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