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August 2015 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
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Special Announcement

Need continuing education credits for timely and relevant case management content? You’re in luck, as CMSA provides a convenient online solution to earn your credits on your own time. This year’s Extended Conference features content presented at CMSA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo 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!

Discounts are offered to CMSA members and conference attendees from the original event. Check your CMSA email after Labor Day for notification of the 2015 launch!
Featured Events

Do you want to safeguard your career and ensure that your congressional representatives know the critical role you play in healthcare delivery? If so, join CMSA's leadership and Public Policy Committee in Washington, DC this September for Hill Day 2015.

How can your involvement drive greater quality and acknowledgment about the "value-add" case managers bring to the healthcare? Uniting our voices brings increased awareness and movement, moving us closer to recognition and new payment models. Be a part of achieving national goals for your practice and career!


Fri., August 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. CDT
Pending CEs: 1.2 Nursing, 1.0 CCMC

"Washington Update" will focus on current policy events that have been shaping the legislative landscape of the 114th Congress and beyond. After the 2014 elections, in which the Republicans gained a stronger hold in the House and took back the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have used their leadership positions in their respective chambers to push a conservative agenda on the Hill while tackling major health policy challenges.
Advance your patient engagement using motivational interviewing skills through the Integrated Case Management training program.The ICM assessment process fosters the development of an alliance between the case manager and patient/client using motivational interviewing skills while disentangling physical, psychological, social, and health system barriers to improvement.

Start the online training section now, then join CMSA for the 1.5 day face-to-face section in Little Rock this November 9-10.
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
This year’s National Case Management Week is Oct. 11–17, and we want to let the world know about case managers – who we are, what we do, and why we are important.

Case Management Week has become embedded into the community as an annual week-long celebration of this essential health care practice. CMSA has been instrumental in that process, bringing to light the important work of case managers in local communities and on the national level.

CMSA recently unveiled the logo and the theme of this week-long celebration of case managers, which will be used this year and in future years. View the logo and learn more about Case Management Week at the link!

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 CMAG chapters provide case managers with more in-depth information on how to apply the CMAG principles to specific disease states and patient populations. Click below to download your copy.
On June 22, CEAgent and CMSA association management company, CMI, announced a partnership to provide the CEAgent app at no cost to CMSA members.
CEAgent provides health care professionals the ability to manage and track their licenses, certifications, clearances, and continuing education in an easy-to-use mobile and web-based application. CEAgent has alerts and reminders built in to notify users when vital documents are becoming due for renewal.

The first generation version of CEAgent is optimized for nurses but can be used by other health care professionals as well. The app is currently available for download in the Apple app store – download it today!

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

Last month’s article provided an overview of data related to health care costs and the downward trend in health care spending. Now that we have a better idea of the overall cost of health care in the U.S., let’s examine how this data is being used to slow health care spending.

There are many reasons for the decreased spending, such as changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new payment and reimbursement models, and the implementation of ACO. These primarily involve payers and providers, but there are also public and consumer initiatives that are having an effect on the spending slowdown. Examples of these include price transparency, public awareness, and informed consumer choice.

Capella University
Articles and Links
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on August 11 $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Over 2,100 participants in performance period of Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) on August 13 announced that over 2,100 acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physician group practices, long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies transitioned from a preparatory period to a risk-bearing implementation period in which they assumed financial risk for episodes of care. The participants include 360 organizations that have entered into agreements with CMS to participate in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative and an additional 1,755 providers who have partnered with those organizations. CMS defines an episode of care as the set of services provided to treat a clinical condition or procedure, such as a heart bypass surgery or a hip replacement.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Industry Events

Supported by funding from NACDS FOUNDATION, a new comMIt eight-hour motivational interviewing e-learning training program for health care professionals will be launched this fall. This training uses the sense-making approach (Berger BA and Villaume WA, Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach, APhA Press, Washington, D.C., 2013) to MI. The program can be completed within a three-month window. It is based on the authors 25 years of experience in teaching MI to health care professionals. It will cost $225. To view an excerpt from the program, follow this link:

Go to for more information or send an email to if you have any questions. CMSA members will receive a code via this newsletter for a 10=percent discount when the website is open.


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

World Congress Patient Engagement Summit
Sept. 17–18, 2015 Boston, MA

Join us September 2015 as industry experts from hospitals, health systems, health insurance plans, and patient advocacy groups convene to share their experience, innovations, and best practices in patient engagement. Learn more and register at:

Patient Flow and Care Coordination Summit
Sept. 28–29, 2015 Boston, MA

The 14th Annual Patient Flow Summit gathers experts from hospitals, health systems, and health plans to tackle the challenges of admission efficiency, improving virtual capacity, and effective discharge planning while focusing on the patient safety. The summit will include discussions on innovative bed management technology, streamlined standard operating procedures, and case studies that examine the patient experience. Learn more and register at

3rd Annual West Physician Advisor and Case Management Summit
featuring CMSA Executive Director, Cheri Lattimer
Oct. 19–20, 2015 San Diego

Join the National Association of Physician Advisors (NAPA) in San Diego for the 3rd Annual West Physician Advisor and Case Management Summit as it brings together providers from all over the western United States to share strategies on how to strengthen the role of the physician advisor and case manager, navigate difficult rules and regulations, and efficiently improve clinical documentation to increase reimbursements. Learn more and register at

The Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) is holding their Sixth Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference October 1–4 in Atlanta, Georgia. Register today!



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