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December 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

The Case Management Foundation, a charitable organization supporting case managers, is kicking off the New Year with a Holiday Auction! Bidding began on Dec. 15 and will end on Dec. 31, giving you lots of time to check out these wonderful items, including high-end handbags, housewares, clothing, jewelry, and a white and silver Apple iPad Mini 2 with retina display!

See something you like, and want it before Christmas? Use the "Buy It Now" option any time by TODAY and receive FREE priority mail!

Check out these items benefiting the industry of case management at


Get your CEs before the New Year! Enhance your career online over the holidays by taking conference sessions you may have missed at CMSA’s annual conference, the foremost event designed to deliver clinical, professional, and personal growth to case management professionals across the health care spectrum.

Extended Conference provides a cloud-based solution to obtain knowledge from industry thought leaders via online sessions at your own pace. Gain immediate access to the sessions you need for continuing education credits and meet your professional goals as well as the requirements of their employer, professional association, and credentialing and licensing boards.


Happy holidays! With the season upon us, CMSA would like to share with you our schedule for operations below. Our goal is to ensure that all of your service requirements are met at this time.

Dec. 24 - Jan. 2: CMSA's offices closed in observance of the holidays
Email for urgent needs and assistance this week.

Jan. 5: Normal business operations returned
We wish everyone a happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year!
Featured Events

Save the date for the 2015 CMSA Webinar series with topics carefully selected based on feedback from the CMSA community and trending topics across the healthcare community. Stay tuned for more information coming soon in early January!

●  Wed., Feb. 25, 2015
●  Wed., April 29, 2015
●  Wed., July 29, 2015
●  Wed., Sept. 30, 2015
●  Wed., Oct. 28, 2015
●  Wed., Dec. 16, 2015

American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements

The CMSA awards program was established to pay special tribute to those individuals or organizations that have demonstrated distinguished service to the case management profession or association management. 

Each year several individuals, chapters, and organizations are recognized at CMSA’s Annual Conference. Those awards include:

•  Case Manager of the Year (CMOY) - Deadline: Feb. 14

•  Award of Service Excellence (AOSE) - Deadline: Feb. 14

•  Chapter Excellence and Innovation Awards (CEIA) - Deadline: Feb. 14
   **New: Award of Excellence for Chapter Revitalization
   **View all categories at

•  Case Management Research Award (CMRA) - Deadline: March 15

•  Case Management Practice Improvement Award (CMPI) - Deadline: March 15

Visit to learn more about the awards and nominations process.


CMAG 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.

CMSA intends to continue the CMAG program as an evolving resource for case managers; to ensure its longevity, CMSA offers the digital download of CMAG 2012 at $10 for current CMSA members and $20 for nonmembers.

Learn more, and access your copy at

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

On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, which establishes payment levels and policy changes for Medicare Part B services. In the Final Rule, CMS states that beginning on January 1, 2015, it will pay for non-face-to-face chronic care management services, including the ongoing development and revisions of care plans, communication with other treating providers, and medication management.

By Scott Phillips, PHARMD, MBA, MSCR

There is a reason pharmacists include "remove from foil before use" on suppository instructions. Common sense isn’t so common, but the consequences are. Over 3.8 billion prescriptions are written every year, yet over 50 percent are taken incorrectly or not at all. The U.S. spends $100 to $289 billion annually in health care costs that could have been avoided by following directions. By the year 2030, nearly half of Americans will suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar. Yet according to patient polls, only 31 percent with high blood pressure can be categorized as "well controlled" while 35 percent with high blood sugar are "somewhat" controlled.

Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
Shared Savings Program Proposed Rule reflects focus on primary care and improved incentives for participation, quality, and efficiency

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposal to strengthen the Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) through a greater emphasis on primary care services and promoting transitions to performance-based risk arrangements. The proposed rule reflects input from program participants, experts, consumer groups, and the stakeholder community at large. CMS is seeking to continue this important dialogue to ensure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs are successful in providing seniors and people with disabilities with better care at lower costs.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


The need to share patient information with other providers and the use of financial incentives are key drivers in why many providers adopt and use health information technology tools like electronic health records (EHRs), according a data brief released from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

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

Industry Events

Join CMSA for an epic celebration in June 2015, as case managers from around the globe descend upon Orlando to celebrate 25 years of case management growth and advancement as an essential health care practice.

CMSA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo, will take you on a transformative journey of education and inspiration, empowering you to craft your most evolved case management practice. Your experience during the event’s educational sessions, symposia, forums, and renowned expo will enable you to break down organizational silos, build energetic, interdisciplinary teams, and use the power of storytelling as tools for more effective patient engagement.



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