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March 2016 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Special Announcement
ICM (Integrated Case Management) training is an advanced educational program designed to provide case managers coming from either medical or behavioral health backgrounds with the content and skills needed to:
  • Perform systematic complexity assessments.
  • Develop and carry out comprehensive and coordinated physical and mental health care plans.
  • Apply consistent complexity-based anchor points in specially designed ICM clinical documentation software.
  • Record ongoing clinical, functional, quality of life, satisfaction, and fiscal outcomes during the management process.

The next scheduled Section 2 will take place in Long Beach, CA on Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25.  

This face-to-face session falls right on the heels of the CMSA 26th Annual Conference & Expo, also in Long Beach from June 21-23. Come early and join us for the conference, then finish your week with the final session of the ICM training. 

Click below to explore your options!


CMSA’s Career & Knowledge Pathways (CKP) educational program fills a longstanding gap in case management education. Theoretical content has been available for many years, but practical instruction of basic concepts of case management, as well as skills opportunities, have been left to the individual case manager and employers to determine and deliver. These circumstances have led to great variation in educational quality, content, and case management skill sets across the healthcare continuum.

The debut CKP course, CMSA Standards of Practice: The Foundation for Professional Excellence in Coordination of Care Across the Continuum, was developed by thought leaders in case management to contribute to the basic understanding of the standards that govern your practice.

To view the CKP gaming simulation in action, test your Standards skills and download program information, click below!

Featured Events

Spring is almost here, and before you know it we'll be in the heat of the summer. Will you add sand, sun and case management to your summer bucket list, joining us in Long Beach for CMSA's Annual Conference & Expo?

Known as The Urban Waterfront Playground™, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. In addition to its 5.5 miles of sandy Pacific Ocean beachfront, the city is home to:
  • The Queen Mary, the largest luxury liner ever built.
  • The Terrace Theater, home to the Long Beach Symphony, traveling Broadway shows and such name acts as Jerry Seinfeld and Harry Connick, Jr.
  • The Long Beach Museum of Art, featuring a 1912 Craftsman mansion perched atop picturesque Bluff Park overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Work and play don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Register for our annual conference by March 31st to save money on registration cost, be entered for a chance to win an Apple Watch and spread your payments out with an installment payment plan. See you at the beach!

American Sentinel University
Right at Home, Inc.
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements

As you likely know, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) the world's largest and most influential professional case management organization — works to provide case/care managers, social workers and other healthcare practitioners across the care continuum with resources to be more efficient, effective and competitive.

However, did you know that over the past 25 years CMSA has done important industry work such as developing the Standards of Practice for Case Management and working on title protection for case management?

If you already know these facts, you are probably already an official member of CMSA's growing and diverse community. If not, we'd love to provide you with additional resources to help you achieve your professional goals.

Click the link below to learn more!

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

While researching last month’s article on Healthcare Trends and Predictions for 2016, I was amazed at the statistics and the overall breadth of "Big Data." For example, the data generated in 2015 was equal to 120,000 times the total of all previously written words in history. Or that more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race. I found these statistics totally amazing! So I decided to do more research on this phenomenon.

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

As part of the U.S. government’s urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.

The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription opioid overdose. Increased prescribing and sales of opioids—a quadrupling since 1999— helped create and fuel this epidemic.

"More than 40 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses, we must act now," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "Overprescribing opioids—largely for chronic pain—is a key driver of America’s drug-overdose epidemic. The guideline will give physicians and patients the information they need to make more informed decisions about treatment."

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Next step to address access, affordability, and innovation in prescription drugs

On March 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to test new models to improve how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs and supports physicians and other clinicians in delivering higher quality care. CMS values public input and comments as part of the rulemaking process, and looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders through the rulemaking process to maximize the value and learning from the proposed tests.

Medicare Part B covers prescription drugs that are administered in a physician’s office or hospital outpatient department, such as cancer medications, injectables like antibiotics, or eye care treatments. The proposed Medicare Part B Model would test new ways to support physicians and other clinicians as they choose the drug that is right for their patients.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Industry Events

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

The 13th Annual World Health Care Congress
April 10-13 Washington, DC

The 13th Annual World Health Care Congress convenes decision makers from all sectors of health care to catalyze meaningful partnerships and change. In 2016, faculty focus on the impact of mega-mergers and consolidation, navigating ACA implementation, consumer engagement, the shift from FFS to value-based payment, and scalable, innovative care models and technologies that show promise in reducing cost and increasing quality. - Learn more and register here.
The 13th Annual Observation Management Summit
April 26-27 Chicago, IL
The 13th Annual Observation Management Summit brings together care providers to explore solutions to improve observation care. Over the course of two days, peers, with or without dedicated observation units, share strategies to improve efficiency and quality of care for patients under observation in a cost effective way. Through case studies, panel discussions and seminars, attendees will explore creative approaches to maximize utilization of personal and resources while complying to evolving government and commercial payment regulations. Learn more and register here.
The 5th Annual Leadership Summit on Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Models
May 16-17 Orlando, FL
You’ve made the case for behavioral health integration. The next step is making it work. The Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Models Summit convenes leaders in physical and behavioral health to discuss practical tactics to improve access to quality behavioral health services and manage patient whole health. Key topics of discussion include: addressing workforce and workflow challenges, shared care planning and coordination, innovations in integration, making integration fiscally beneficial, and best practices in operational execution of programming. Learn more and register here.

On May 12th, the winners of this year's 7th Annual Case In Point Platinum Awards will be announced at a celebratory luncheon. The Awards Ceremony recognizes professionals and organizations who demonstrate success in the overarching healthcare continuum. Programs that best educate and empower patients, improve adherence and wellness, manage quality care and contain healthcare costs will be honored.
Learn more and register at the link below.


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