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September 2015 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
Right at Home, Inc.
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.
Featured Events

Today, CMSA leadership and your colleagues are representing you on Capitol Hill, safeguarding your career and ensuring that your congressional representatives know the critical role you play in health care delivery.

If you're not in D.C. today, you can still participate! Be a part of achieving national goals for your practice and career. Virtually, we're making an impact by taking action and writing to our legislators.

Click the link to download shareable Hill Day materials and learn more about how you can make your voice heard!
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

Live, September 23 @ 11:30 a.m. CDT

Join CMSA President Kathy Fraser for a complimentary all-member CE webinar covering ethical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing managed care professionals.

Enhance your ethics skill set by gaining knowledge to develop solutions for specific situations, as well as recognize ethical red flags that occur when there is more than one stakeholder or point of view. Join us to become more confident in your decision-making capabilities concerning ethical situations.

CMSA's Case Management Adherence Guide 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 CMAG 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 offers the digital download of CMAG at $10 for current CMSA members and $20 for nonmembers.Download a free preview and access your full copy today!
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 plan your Case Management Week at the link!
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President, TCS Healthcare Technologies
The day we have been waiting for (or dreading) is almost here. Unless there has been some drastic change since the time I wrote this article and the time you are reading it, we will be transitioning to ICD-10 codes in less than two weeks! (If there was another delay announced, just bookmark this for future reference, because the ICD-10 journey will happen someday. If not, buckle up and let’s get ready to go!)
Capella University
Articles and Links

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on August 25 issued 2014 quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while generating financial savings. As the number of Medicare beneficiaries served by ACOs continues to grow, these results suggest that ACOs are delivering higher quality care to more and more Medicare beneficiaries each year.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most. The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Purdue Pharma L.P. recently launched Team Against Opioid Abuse, a new website designed to help health care professionals and laypeople alike learn about different abuse-deterrent technologies and how they can help in the reduction of misuse and abuse of opioids.
Combating misuse and intentional abuse of prescription pain relievers involves more than just the person holding the prescription pad. It is a team effort, including pharmacists, nurses, counselors, caregivers, patients, and payers, both public- and private-sector. Public health experts have stated that Opioids with Abuse-Deterrent Properties (OADP) are an essential component of a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy to reduce opioid abuse that requires coordinated and sustained efforts from the health care team along with multiple other players, such as manufacturers, policymakers, regulators, educators, and law enforcement.
Learn more and access the website below.
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 10-percent percent discount when the website is open.

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

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, CA

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 Oncology Management Summit
Dec. 9-10, 2015 Orlando, FL
The Oncology Management Summit will explore the use of value-based payments, pathways, and quality measures to manage costs in the delivery of cancer care. Learn more and register at:
The Oncology Management Summit will explore the use of value-based payments, pathways, and quality measures to manage costs in the delivery of cancer care. - See more at:
The Oncology Management Summit will explore the use of value-based payments, pathways, and quality measures to manage costs in the delivery of cancer care. - See more 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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