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January 2016 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
Right at Home, Inc.
Special Announcement
Thursday, February 11 at Noon Central
1 hour CE for RN, CCM and SW
This online event is CMSA's quarterly member educational presentation. Each attendee will need their own registration to attend through their personalized link (found in confirmation) and earn CE's.

In order to effectively work with the aging workforce, it is important to become more aware of generational differences and tailor your approach to accommodate those differences. The aging workforce, aka The Silver Tsunami, refers to the rise in the median age of the United States workforce to levels unseen since the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935. It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over). According to the National Council on Compensation (NCCI), older workers do not experience a higher rate of injury than their younger counterparts. They do present challenging differences, however, that case managers need to be aware to assist in obtaining positive outcomes. Effective return to work strategies for all generations include a better understanding of motivations, expectations and generational differences.
Read more and register at the link.
Featured Events
As we turn the corner into 2016, what are you focused on achieving in your professional life?

Whichever goals you've set for yourself this calendar year, CMSA's Annual Conference & Expo can make a difference in helping you to get where you want to be.

Join us in Long Beach this June, won't you? Click the link below to watch a video message from your president!
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.

The CMSA awards program was established to pay special tribute to those individuals or organizations that have demonstrated distinguished service to the case management profession or association management.

Each year, recipients are recognized at CMSA’s Annual Conference. Visit to learn more about the following awards and others, as well as the nominations process.

• Case Manager of the Year (CMOY) & Awards of Service Excellence (AOSE) - Deadline: Feb. 14

Case Management Research Award (CMRA) & Case Management Practice Improvement Award (CMPI) - Deadline: March 15

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

This is the third article in a series on cybersecurity related to the healthcare industry. The first two articles dealt with the incidence and impact of cybersecurity breaches and the responsibilities of each individual case manager in preventing breaches. This article will discuss the incidence and significance of "Phishing" and what you can do to make sure you are not caught in a phishing attack. 

Phishing is a scam aimed at getting an online user to reveal personal or confidential information for the purpose of identity theft. There are three types of attacks. (click below to read more)

Capella University
AeroCare Medical Transport Systems, Inc.
Articles and Links

$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services

The Department of Health and Human Services on January 5 announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid. Many of these social issues, such as housing instability, hunger, and interpersonal violence, affect individuals’ health, yet they may not be detected or addressed during typical health care-related visits. Over time, these unmet needs may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions and reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, resulting in increased health care utilization and costs.

Click the Learn More link below to continue reading this article from HHS. To see what case managers in our community are doing to eliminate food insecurity as a barrier to positive health outcomes, read the Community Collaboration: Carolinas HealthCare System's Carolinas Medical Center and Crisis Assistance Ministries article in the most recent issue of CMSA Today.
Medicare Accountable Care Organization initiatives to improve how the health system cares for patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced 121 new participants in Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives designed to improve the care patients receive in the health care system and lower costs. With this announcement, ACOs now represent 49 states and the District of Columbia.

"Americans will get better care and we will spend our health care dollars more wisely because these hospitals and providers have made a commitment to change how they do business and work with patients," HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. "We are moving Medicare and the entire health care system toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients. The three new ACO initiatives being launched today mark an important step forward in this effort."

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

A 90-Minute Lunch & Learn Audio Conference
by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. - Health Care Attorney
Thursday, February 4, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EST

There are recent, significant changes regarding freedom of choice that all discharge planners/case managers and post-acute providers, including home health agencies, hospices, HME suppliers and private duty agencies, need to know.

An example of these changes is that all types of hospitals, including rehab facilities and long-term care hospitals, are required to comply with CoPs for hospitals for discharge planning. There is also a significant new emphasis on collaboration with post-acute providers.

The purpose of this presentation is to address dilemmas presented by these new requirements, including:

  • When does collaboration cross the line to free discharge planning services that violate the anti-kickback statute?
  • Can post-acute providers attend discharge planning meetings?
  • When can post-acute providers have access to patients and information about them?
  • In light of new requirements, what should discharge planners do when patients cannot choose?
  • Which providers are now required to present lists of post-acute providers to patients and when?
  • What is the appropriate role of preferred providers?
  • What about physicians who write orders for specific post-acute providers?

This teleconference will address all of these issues and more with an emphasis on recent developments and practical solutions to situations that discharge planners and post-acute providers regularly confront.

CMSA members receive a 10% discount on this webinar!


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.
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 motivational interviewing. 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 motivational interviewing 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 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. Learn more and register here.

The 7th Annual Leadership Summit on Hospital Readmissions

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 the 7th Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on Readmissions, learn best practices for reducing readmissions, improving outcomes and lowering costs. Learn more and register here.
The 9th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Summit
Feb 23-24 Washington, DC
The 9th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Summit will bring together executives from managed care plans, health plans and government Medicaid programs to discuss strategies for creating more seamless transitions of care, understand how the new CMS regulations impact their organizations,and learn ways to integrate LTSS and behavioral health services while managing the costs of care. Learn more and register here.

Managed Long Term Services and Supports
Feb 23-24 Arlington, VA
This summit brings together a variety of stakeholders including state Medicaid program officials, representatives from managed care companies and LTSS providers to discuss innovative strategies to address the challenges in the shift to managed care. Learn more and register here.


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