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November 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 proudly brings you two more awards that help elevate the case management field to the next level.

CMSA's Case Management Practice Improvement Award and Case Management Research Award recognize an individual, group, or organization that uses findings from a research or quality/performance improvement (QI/PI) project for innovation in the advancement of case management practice and/or improved client outcomes.

Do you know anyone who would fit this description?

Click Learn More to read on about two prestigious awards, and start thinking about who YOU could nominate. Award nominations are due by March 15.

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. As always, CMSA's annual event delivers the clinical and career-building knowledge you need to be the most effective case manager you can be.
Registration is now open; register by December 10 for a chance to win a tour to Catalina Island or aboard the Queen Mary! 
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
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.

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

Cybersecurity is the responsibility of the Information Technology (IT) team, right? Nurses don’t have to worry about that, right? WRONG! While IT may be responsible for managing the overall cybersecurity of an organization, each of us has an individual responsibility to be aware of cybersecurity, how it impacts health care and the privacy of our patients, and what procedures we need to follow to assure safe security practices. This article is the first in a series of three that will discuss these topics and how they relate to our individual role as case managers.

Capella University
AeroCare Medical Transport Systems, Inc.
Articles and Links
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), enhanced NLC and APRN Compact have received letters of support from the American Telemedicine Association and National Patient Safety Foundation. These organizations join a list of more than 25 others that recognize nursing care in the 21st century must be dynamic and fluid across state boundaries and that these compacts offer the best mechanism by which to achieve this goal.
Allowing nurses to have mobility across state borders, the enhanced NLC and the APRN Compact increase access to care while maintaining public protection. The enhanced NLC, which is an updated version of the current NLC, allows for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VN) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other NLC states. There are currently 25 states in the NLC. The APRN Compact allows an advanced practice RN to hold one multistate license with a privilege to practice in other APRN compact states.

Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

On November 5, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CMS is partnering with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to test a new model for providing Medicare-Medicaid enrollees with a more coordinated, person-centered care experience.  

"We are pleased to partner again with the State of New York to bring more person-centered care to Medicare-Medicaid enrollees," said CMS Tim Engelhardt, director, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office.  "We look forward to working together to provide Medicare-Medicaid enrollees with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to experience more integrated benefits and coordinated care." 

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
On November 3, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a public forum to explore pharmaceutical innovation, access, affordability, and better health. Below is the text of the invitation:

Modern medicine, including new pharmaceuticals that cure or help combat life threatening diseases, continues to deliver significant benefits for patients. And in general, the development of new, innovative medicines has been good for both patients and our economy. However, the high and growing cost of drugs has created hardship for families, employers, and states. Specialty medications represent only 1% of all prescriptions but, in 2014, these medications resulted in over 31% of all drug spending.

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

Industry Events
Supported by funding from NACDS FOUNDATION, a new eight-hour e-learning program, Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training for Health Professionals, is now available. This training uses a 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 and is approved for 8 hours of nurse, pharmacist, and physician continuing education credit. It is based on the authors' 25 years of experience in teaching MI to health care professionals. It costs $225.
CMSA members can receive a 10 percent rebate check by e-mailing their receipt to along with their mailing address. Go to: to register. For more information, contact To view an excerpt from the program, follow this link:

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

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.

The 2nd Annual ACO Population Health Summit

January 27-28 Atlanta, GA

*offering CCMC Credits!
The accountable care model works to achieve coordinated, quality care through provider communication and collaboration. The ACO Population Health Management Summit brings together ACO executives to discuss best practices for increasing care coordination, preventing hospital admissions and readmissions, and improving patient outcomes. 

The accountable care model works to achieve coordinated, quality care through provider communication and collaboration. The ACO Population Health Management Summit brings together ACO executives to discuss best practices for increasing care coordination, preventing hospital admissions and readmissions, and improving patient outcomes. Learn more and register here.

The 7th Annual Hospital Readmissions Summit

January 27-28 Atlanta, GA

*offering CCMC Credits!
Readmissions are one of the most expensive aspects of health care, costing hospitals an estimated $428 million in 2015. Finding the best solutions to reduce avoidable readmissions is one of the key strategies to reducing health care costs. At the7th Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on Readmissions, learn best practices for reducing readmissions, improving outcomes, and lowering costs. - Learn more and register here.

As part of the continuing mission to provide access to opportunities that highlight the value of its members, CMSA is extending a special offer to you on behalf of DecisionHealth.

The 7th Annual Case In Point Platinum Awards seek to honor organizations and individuals who are improving the quality of care throughout the care continuum, containing health care costs, and educating and empowering patients and their families so they are active participants in their health and health care. The awards provide an opportunity for those who devote their hearts and minds to the practice of case management and care coordination to be recognized and honored for the important work being done across the care continuum.

CMSA members are eligible to receive a 50-percent discount on application fees. Click 'Learn More' to access the entry portal; clicking through this link will automatically reduce your fees to capture the 50-percent discount.


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