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April 2015 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
CMSA is pleased to offer an updated version of the CMAG Diabetes Disease State workbook. Click here to download this workbook. 

The Case Management Adherence Guide (CMAG) provides case managers of any background with the information and tools necessary to advance assistance, coaching, and monitoring efforts with the goal of ultimately improving patient outcomes and care delivery.

Disease-specific chapters provide case managers with more in-depth information on how to apply the CMAG principals to specific disease states and patient populations. 


CMF plans to increase the number of educational scholarships awarded to case managers for professional education, such as its ICM Scholarship Program, which offers scholarships for CMSA's Integrated Case Management advanced training program.

Also, this summer, CMF will be launching a Small Grants Program to help case managers reach their goals. 

Featured Events
Wed, April 29, 2015
11:00 a.m. CDT

Due to high demand, live webinar registration space is limited.

Join CMSA as we explore the significance of CMSA’s Standards of Practice for Case Management as essential knowledge for case management, care management, and care coordination practices.

As the most widely recognized and accepted practice standards in the industry, these standards highlight the collaborative, cross-continuum nature of case management and are utilized by undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. In addition, the Standards are referenced in NCQA and URAC materials and align with CMS/JCAHO compliance standards.

Join us to gain heightened knowledge of Standards elements, an update on the SOP review process, and other resources to assist you and your colleagues in being proficient in the standards for your practice.
Thurs, April 23, 2015
1:00 p.m. CDT
Stem Cell Transplant (SCT) is a standard of care for many blood cancers and genetic diseases, as well as a newer treatment option for others. For many patients, SCT represents the best or only hope for a cure.

This one-hour webinar explores key aspects of transplant and the role you can play in ensuring patients get to transplant quickly, which leads to improved outcomes. Learn about transplant indications, donor sources, and resources available to you to help in the review and authorization of patient cases.

Friday, April 17, 2015
11:00 a.m. CDT


Who should attend? 
Marketers, sales representatives, and other related roles for pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare service, and healthcare insurance companies, as well as hospital systems looking to be more efficient in connecting with the case and care management community. 

Case and care managers are key stakeholders in healthcare delivery and have the important role of becoming knowledgeable about the products and resources that enable their teams to deliver better care to patients. Join Lori Schmitt, RN, MBA, Vice President of Product Development for Consulting Management Innovators (CMI), to explore target segments of the clinical workforce in case management and the careful analysis required to reach this audience.

American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
CMSA State of the Industry Survey

CMSA is conducting its fifth comprehensive survey of its membership to assess the state of the case management industry. All survey participants will be included in a drawing for a choice of a 1-year complimentary membership to CMSA, complimentary registration to the CMSA National Conference, or a Visa gift card valued at $100. Regardless of practice setting, area of expertise, or years of experience, we invite you to take this survey and contribute to this significant body of research. A special "sneak peek" at the Executive Summary will be provided to participants who complete the survey. Please be sure to provide your name and email at the conclusion of the survey if you wish to receive the report.

CMSA Public Policy Survey

Take the survey

The mission of CMSA’s Public Policy Committee is to advocate for legislative and regulatory issues that may impact CMSA, its members, and the practice of case management. As the committee charged with developing strategies to address public policy issues of importance to the CMSA membership, we are conducting a survey to better understand your public policy concerns.In addition, all participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. We invite you to take the 5-minute survey. All information is confidential and results will only be shared in the aggregate. Your feedback is very important to us!


CMSA is proud to offer a host of new industry resources, designed to assist individuals in identifying and developing the skills needed to be effective case management practitioners and to deliver sustainable business performance.

CMSA's five websites answer the questions that you, your colleagues, other health care professionals, and the next generation of case managers are asking about the practice of case management.


For the first time, CMSA is offering the opportunity to pre-order 2015 Extended Conference packages, featuring content that will be presented at CMSA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo this summer in Orlando, FL.

Extended Conference is a cloud-based education solution that delivers content in audio and visual formats, providing you with on-demand access to content required to fulfill your continuing education needs. Take advantage of Extended Conference to gain timely updates from industry thought leaders; also, fulfill the requirements of your employer, professional association, as well as credentialing and licensing boards, all at once!

In addition to the pre-order option for 2015’s offering, Extended Conference 2014 packages are available through July 31, 2015. Public policy, transitions of care, and disease process management and other important updates await you. Pre-order packages and start taking active sessions today!

*Discounts offered to CMSA Members, and Conference Attendees from the original event. 
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President,
TCS Healthcare Technologies

Although assessing the impact of a particular care management software application is important, it can also be a complicated endeavor. The classic, and often unanswered, question is this: What is the return on investment (ROI) from a financial and clinical perspective?

Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Projects to help long-term and behavioral health care providers.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, announced the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The funding will help support and enable the flow of health information at the community level, leading to better care and better health.

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

Industry Events

We know the question you’ve been asking yourself since January: "Should I attend CMSA’s annual conference this year?" Well, we have good news for you: There’s no reason to ponder that decision any longer. Why? We have added 16.5 hours of continuing education to the conference week program, including valuable pre-conference workshops on the Standards of Practice for Case Management and a first-of-its-kind poolside networking session. This added value at no extra cost means more career knowledge and more opportunities to earn continuing education credit hours while in Orlando. It’s not going to get any better than this. Join us in Orlando this June for the most valuable case management conference in the U.S. Register today.


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

The 12th Annual Observation Management Summit

April 28-29, 2015 • Chicago, IL

The 12th Annual Observation Management Summit brings together hospitals, health systems, and providing care organizations to focus on the changing Observation Unit. Over the course of two days, peers share strategies around implementing and managing an effective observation unit while being financially savvy. Discussions around how to utilize key personnel and resources while addressing managed care requirements, and the processes involved in patient flow and case management are explored. Learn more and register at

The Leadership Summit on Integrated Delivery Systems

May 5-6, 2015 • San Diego, CA

In its third annual year, the World Congress Leadership Summit on Integrated Delivery Systems will convene senior leadership from integrated delivery systems, hospitals, health systems, and health plans to discuss cutting edge strategies in care delivery, HIT, and business models to integrate care and achieve the goals of the triple aim. Learn more and register at



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