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Editors: Kathleen Fraser MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN, Rebecca Perez RN, BSN, CCM, Corine Latour PhD, RN
CMSA’s Integrated Case Management delves into the role of the case manager and unpacks how case managers assess and treat complex patients. These are patients who may be challenged with medical and behavioral conditions, poor access to care services, as well as chronic illnesses and disabilities, and require multidisciplinary care to regain health and function. With a wealth of information on regulatory requirements, new models of care, integration of services, digital and telemedicine, and new performance measures that are clearly defined for nurses in nursing terminology, chapters outline the steps needed to begin, implement, and use the interventions of the Integrated Case Management approach.
CMSA Members save 20% plus free shipping with code SPC20FS. The price before discounts is $75, and the print book includes an e-book download.
In the coming weeks, look for the release of CMSA's newly reimagined ICM Program, bringing both the U.S. and the international scopes of ICM. This is the sole integrated case management material recognized by CMSA for this area of our practice.
CMSA is pleased to announce a partnership with Bruce Berger, PhD, of Berger Consulting, LLC to bring you comMIt: Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training for Health Care Professionals at a discounted price. This 8-hour online program is centered around motivational interviewing, which is an evidence-based effective method for improving adherence to health behaviors. It was developed specifically for patients who are either ambivalent or resistant to change regarding these health behaviors.
CMSA has really listened to your requests for a practical motivational interviewing course targeted at healthcare professionals and their needs. We are thrilled to bring you an accredited course developed by the foremost authorities of MI in healthcare, Drs. Bruce Berger and William Villaume.
There are a limited number of seats for this program, so you'll want to act soon! Click below to explore more information and register.
CareerSmart Learning
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Featured Events
This year at our annual conference and expo, we are offering eight concurrent session tracks: leadership, acute care, long term care, workers' compensation, disease-specific, legal, managed care and population health. Visit our website program page, which now includes session information with track detail.
Also, remember: early bird pricing is available through March 31 only!
Member Announcements
As an active member of CMSA, you have the unique and important opportunity to elect the future leaders who will determine the direction and strategic initiatives of your association. Now through March 13, we invite you to make your voice heard in CMSA's 2018 Board of Directors Election. To ensure you feel comfortable making informed decisions in this election, we have provided not only details about the candidates and their backgrounds, but also an audio recording from each candidate which will provide insights into their passions and qualifications as healthcare professionals.
On Monday, February 12, you should have received an email from with a subject line of "CMSA's 2018 Board Election," including details about how to register and your personal voting code. While voting will remain open through March 13, we encourage you to cast your ballot today!
As always, thank you for working in partnership with the leadership and staff of CMSA to advance the practice of case management. To learn more about the candidates, click below.
Developed by Pfizer, ArchiTools offers a comprehensive grouping of information and resources such as interactive training modules, actionable tools that members can download and use with patients, annotated articles, and a robust set of relevant external links specifically for case managers.
Members: Access your new benefit today! Enter casear71 in the account code field.
Exciting news for our members seeking Social Work CEs: We now have 5 CE hours in our Educational Resource Library! CMSA is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Keep checking back as we will continue to add hours.
Also, we now have a category in our ERL for CCM Ethics hours – currently we have 6 hours. Read more and begin your online courses any time at the link below.
Earlier this year, we announced a partnership with CCMC to continue advancing professional case managers in their career paths. Under the agreement, CMSA members receive a 20 percent discount when applying for the CCM, as well as upon renewal. Those who hold the CCM certification receive a 20 percent discount for CMSA membership.

If you have questions about how to take advantage of your new member benefit, please contact CMSA Client Services at or 501-225-2229.

Download CMSA's Standards of Practice for Case Management, 2016 revision, which provides practice guidelines for the case management industry and its diverse stakeholders.The impetus for the 2016 revision of the Standards is the need to emphasize the professional nature of the practice and role of the case manager.

The 2016 Standards contain information about case management including an updated definition, practice settings, roles and responsibilities, case management process, philosophy and guiding principles, as well as the standards and how they are demonstrated.

Download Your Copy

Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, M Ed SVP, Clinical Services TCS Healthcare Technologies It is that time of year again – time to look at healthcare trends, predictions and technology innovations for 2018.
Identifying trends is fairly simple, since it relies on looking back to see what the most popular topics have been and continue to be. Many trends tend to stay for more than a year as their momentum builds. Predictions are a little more difficult to identify and assure accuracy, since they are a look into the future. This year we will also be looking at the top 10 technology-related clinical innovations.
Articles and Links
by Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN
Our members are why we exist as an organization. As the executive director of CMSA and owner of Fraser Imagineers, I am so proud to share with you how hard at work we have been over the past year to improve how we support members and the value of every area of membership.
Education is a cornerstone of the value we provide. Each case manager needs to expand her knowledge, keep up with change and maintain certifications at every stage in the career path. Currently, we are working on the development, or redevelopment, of five educational pathways which, together, offer a comprehensive package of continuing education for any level of case manager, in any practice setting.
First is our recently released and completely reinvented Career & Knowledge Pathways (formerly CKP) program. The former CKP was one program which covered many general case management topics. Instead, the name of Career & Knowledge Pathways serves to hold, as the name indicates, pathways to enhance and extend your career and provide the help you need for growth in all aspects of case management. The first aspect of this pathway, the Standards of Practice program, offers a comprehensive review of CMSA’s 2016 Standards of Practice for Case Management.
On February 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for the Medicare health and drug programs in 2019 that increase flexibility in Medicare Advantage that will allow more options and new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, meeting their unique health needs and improving their quality of life. Furthermore, the proposal includes important new steps to ensure new patient-doctor-plan communication in combating the opioid crisis.
As a part of these changes, CMS is redefining health-related supplemental benefits to include services that increase health and improve quality of life, including coverage of non-skilled in-home supports, portable wheelchair ramps and other assistive devices and modifications when patients need them.
"Our priority is to ensure that our seniors have more choices and lower premiums in their Medicare health and drug plans," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "We are focused on addressing the specific needs of beneficiaries and providing new flexibilities for Medicare Advantage plans to offer new health-related benefits. This is a big win for patients."
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Around 800,000 people experience strokes in the US every year, and nearly 25% are recurrent events. A major risk factor for ischemic stroke is atrial fibrillation (AF). For people with AF, stroke risk can be reduced by 60-70% with anticoagulant medication. However, the recent PROSPER study revealed that 84% of more than 94,000 patients with AF who were admitted to hospitals for acute ischemic stroke had not been receiving guideline-directed therapeutic anticoagulation.
PCORI's dynamic video activity is designed to support healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers, and other stakeholders in applying key findings from the PROSPER studies to improve outcomes for patients with AF and stroke risk. The expert panel features a lead researcher and a patient-investigator on the PROSPER team; clinicians who represent the interests of peers in primary care, cardiology, and pharmacy; and a nurse case manager, who addresses key issues in care coordination for ischemic stroke prevention and recovery. Five short companion videos feature focused discussions on specific applications of the unprecedented insights into anticoagulant medication use and patient-centered perspectives revealed through the PROSPER studies.
To learn more and complete the activity, click below.

CMSA Today™—the official magazine of the Case Management Society of America—is the magazine for case managers. We are committed to providing case management knowledge, perspectives and news to case managers in all sectors of the profession. To facilitate that mission, we accept and consider:

  • Original articles written by case managers of all healthcare backgrounds;
  • Expertly prepared articles from professional writers—whether medical writers or experienced generalists—on case management topics;
  • Feature articles, column material, and news about case management trends and issues, as well as about CMSA chapters and their activities;
  • and personal, member-generated items considered nontraditional for a professional-association publication as poems, remembrances and similar sorts of content.

Consider sharing your knowledge by writing and submitting an article! Click below to learn more.
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CMSA is on Instagram, and in 2018 we're celebrating case managers with a new photo every day! Send us your photo to post or tag your Instagram photo with #365daysofcm (make sure your profile is public so we can see it)! Follow along @cmsanational; we'll see you there!



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