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October 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
CMSA is proud to celebrate with you this week, National Case Management Week, and we hope your days are full of celebration and appreciation.

Share with Us: We'd like to hear how you are celebrating this special week. We'd love to see pictures of your events or hear how you celebrated, so be sure to share them by posting to our Facebook page or using #CMWeek15 in your posts on Facebook and Twitter.

CKP Discount: As a gesture of appreciation to you, CMSA is offering a 50% discount this week only on the Career & Knowledge Pathways program. CKP's first course offers an in-depth look at CMSA's Standards of Practice for Case Management - essential knowledge for your career! Click the "learn more" below for more information.

CMSA Awards: In honor of CM Week, begin thinking about that special case manager that stands out and makes a difference. Entries for the Case Manager of the Year and Award of Service Excellence are due by February 14. Begin completing your nomination now! For more information, visit
In keeping with its overall mission to support case managers, the Case Management Foundation has launched The CMF Certification Scholarship Program. This program will provide several $500 grants annually to case managers who are currently experiencing an economic hardship situation that makes case management certification, prep courses, or exam fees related to certifications impossible at this time.

Applicants must be individuals working toward their case management certification who are currently experiencing an economic hardship .

Applications will be accepted beginning on October 11, 2015, and must be received no later than 12 p.m. EST on November 11, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be announced on December 7, 2015.

Visit for more information or to apply.
Featured Events
CMSA's Annual Conference & Expo is coming to Long Beach, California, in 2016! Mark your calendars for June 21-23, 2016, with pre- and post-conference activities on June 20 and 24. 
Complete our attendee and/or exhibitor subscription form to subscribe to conference updates. Stay tuned for registration and other event information coming soon!
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements

You asked, we listened!

CMSA now offers extra payment options including monthly installments, auto-renewals, and two-year memberships. At the time of your next renewal, check out these alternative payment options; if you're interested in joining for the first time, simply choose your preferred payment plan at the time of joining. For more information, click the link below.

If you are invested in ensuring CMSA's thought leadership and innovation in the case management industry well into the future, you might be CMSA's next member of the National Board of Directors!

CMSA’s BOD consists of individuals who possess extensive experience with diverse perspectives. Each year, members are sought from all disciplines and perspectives - those who have the expertise and desire to serve and represent CMSA as a whole.

Now through November 8, CMSA is accepting applications for board nominees. Learn more and apply below.
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, Florida.

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

Congratulations, case managers! It’s your week. A week to recognize the contributions and commitments you make every day of the year.

According to the History of National Case Management Week, case managers have been honored with their own week since CMSA initiated it in 1999. As other organizations began to establish Case Management Weeks, CMSA approached them to collaborate and have all organizations celebrate during the second week of October in order to strengthen the movement and avoid confusion. In 2000, Tennessee was the first state to issue an official proclamation of National Case Management Week and since then, 43 of the 50 states have also done so. In 2011, the federal government recognized the value of case management when the Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration at the US Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to CMSA citing the "vital contribution of case managers in coordinating quality, cost-effective patient services in collaboration with providers and insurers."
Capella University
Articles and Links

Affordable Care Act model designed to improve care for beneficiaries with kidney failure while reducing costs

More than 600,000 Americans have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure, and require life sustaining dialysis treatments several times per week. These individuals typically have many health problems, are at higher risk of hospital readmissions, and suffer from fragmented care. In 2012, ESRD beneficiaries comprised 1.1 percent of the Medicare population and accounted for an estimated 5.6 percent of total Medicare spending.  

As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ approach to building a health care delivery system that results in better care while using taxpayer dollars more wisely, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the participants for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model, a new accountable care organization (ACO) model made possible by the Affordable Care Act and conducted by the CMS Innovation Center. ACOs are groups of physicians and other health care providers who collectively take on responsibility for the quality and cost of care for a population of patients. The CEC Model is designed specifically for beneficiaries with ESRD and builds on experiences from other models and programs with ACOs, including the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Public comment period offers forum to gather additional feedback and inform future policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on October 6 released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to readily, safely, and securely exchange that information. The final rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition) and final rule with comment period for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs will help continue to move the health care industry away from a paper-based system, where a doctor’s handwriting needed to be interpreted and patient files could be misplaced.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Industry Events

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

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 here.
Listen Now: Cheri Lattimer addresses some of the changes that physician advisors and case managers are navigating as they go deeper into coordinating care. Click here

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 here

CMSA Members: Use code CMSA30 for a 30-percent discount!

You’re familiar with the term "population health" through posts, articles, and discussions with peers. It seems the term is used everywhere and by almost every segment of the health care marketplace. For more than a decade and a half, the Population Health Alliance has convened organizations in all of these segments to identify and disseminate best practices and advocate for public policy that supports the growth of population health.
Now come learn how we all can effectively operate within the framework of population health and strengthen the population health management programs within our respective organizations. On Nov. 2-4, 2015, in Washington, D.C., join the Population Health Alliance (PHA) for its 16th annual Population Health Forum - where population health policy, innovation, and education converge.

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, click here.

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


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