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Special Announcement
CMSA's Standards of Practice for Case Management serve to drive best practice accountability for individual professional case managers as well as for organizations.
CMSA's new online course is designed to enhance understanding by expanding on these common principles to deliver a more unified education to professional case managers creating quality skill sets across the healthcare continuum. The coursework embraces the case management care continuum in any work environment, which contributes to consistency in foundational case management knowledge and a sustainable workforce.
The course is made up of 16 online modules, each representing the sections of the CMSA Standards of Practice, including one on each of the 15 Standards. Each module contains a detailed narrative with enhanced explanations of that Standard including bibliographies, references, and a professional video presentation of that narrative content with downloadable slide handouts, which incorporate case scenarios showing real-life situations in order to better understand that Standard. This course is pre-approved for 32 hours of continuing education credit for RN, SW, and CCM.
Ready to learn more and get started? Click below!
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
We're so close: CMSA’s Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago is just two months away! The good news is that you still have time to register, plan your week and book accommodations. Plus, don’t forget that you’ll receive a complimentary 1-year membership to CMSA with every paid conference registration! What are you waiting for?
And, for a fresh perspective from a long-time attendee and exhibitor, read Pat Stricker's article below (then register)!
Member Announcements
CMSA’s Opioid Use Disorder Case Management Guide was developed in collaboration with Reinsurance Group of America’s ROSE program and authored by CMSA’s Executive Director, Kathleen Fraser, CMSA Program Director, Rebecca Perez, and Senior RGA ROSE Consultant, Melinda Baxter.
The abuse of opioids is a global problem that affects the health, social and economic welfare of societies.
The challenge of healthcare professionals is to confront the growing impact of opioid abuse on health and well-being while preserving the fundamental role of opioids for the treatment of pain and human suffering.
This guide assists case managers and other healthcare professionals in the assessment, care planning process, and intervention development to address opioid use disorder. This digital guide is one of the many benefits to CMSA members!
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
Have you decided to attend CMSA’s 28th Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago, June 19-23? If so, congratulations on making a great decision to attend the largest and most highly attended Case Management Conference.If you have decided not to attend or have not registered yet -- WHY?
I know it’s difficult to decide whether to attend a conference. You have to get time off work and be away from the family. And then there is the cost of the conference, as well as travel and accommodations, which can be a cost issue. However, I’d like to share with you some reasons why you should re-consider attending.
Articles and Links
by Connie Phillips-Jones, RN, MSN, CCM, CPHQ
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aimed at helping doctors, hospitals and other providers better coordinate care by way of accountable care organizations, or ACOs.
ACOs provide a framework for rewarding providers financially — in both the public and private sectors — for ensuring that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
Since then, the number of ACOs has grown dramatically.
Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ACOs agree to manage all the healthcare needs for a minimum of 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries for at least three years. For ACO guidelines, CMS established 33 quality measures focused on care coordination and patient safety, the appropriate use of preventive health services, strengthening care management for at-risk populations and improving the experience of care for patients and caregivers. Savings from this initiative are expected to be millions of dollars.
On April 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized polices for Medicare health and drug plans for 2019 that will save Medicare beneficiaries money on prescription drugs while offering additional plan choices.

"The Trump Administration is taking steps for seniors with Medicare to save money on prescription drugs," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "The steps we are taking will drive more competition among plans and pharmacies to meet the needs of seniors and lower costs."

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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Industry Events
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