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University of Chicago Medical Center

June 19-22, 2011 Moscone Center — San Francisco, CA CMSA is committed to creating the best conference with the assemblage of the highest quality speakers and experts in the health care arena. If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal, please review the Presentation Guidelines and Requirements before visiting to apply. Submission deadline is September 11, 2011.
Integrated Care Management

Integrated Case Management TrainingMore than 45 Nursing & CCM continuing education credits available for successful completion of this unique training. The Integrated Case Management (ICM) training program was developed to allow case managers coming from either medical or mental health backgrounds to transition to a holistic assessment and assistance approach that allows them to help patients with barriers to improvement in any complexity domain from case management initiation to graduation. Register for the Fall 2011 Training at
Member Announcements

CMSA TodayAs CMSA's Official Magazine, CMSA Today™ delivers important news and information direct from the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) – the largest and oldest non-profit, multi-disciplinary care management professional association in the United States. Featured articles in our second issue include:
  • "The ACA and You"
  • "How CMs Boost Hospitals' Bottom Line"
  • "Making a Case for EBP"

National Family Caregiver of the Year AwardHomewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international provider of full-service in-home care, is honored to recognize the care, compassion, and sacrifice of these family caregivers at both the local and national level. Local winners are awarded a scholarship to Homewatch CareGivers University and a day off while their local Homewatch CareGivers provides eight hours of respite care at no charge. Local winners qualify for the National Grand Prize of $10,000. Nominations will be accepted through July 29th.

2011 Case Management WeekOctober 9-15, 2011 marks this year’s weeklong celebration, recognizing the contributions and commitments case managers make and educating the public about the significant work they perform. For ideas on how you can plan your celebrations and to order CMSA Case Management Week products, view some of our CM Week Resources below:
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Pat Stricker, RN, M EdPat Stricker, RN, Med Senior Vice President TCS Healthcare Technologies I’m still reflecting on "take-aways" from the 21st Annual CMSA Conference. Each year there are some sessions that really stay with me. This year it was one by Dr. Tom Wilson, PhD, entitled "Health Care Effectiveness Review – Measurement and Performance". It sounded like a good outcomes session, so I decided to attend. But it was much more than that!
Source: CMS Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to encourage the creation of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), new private non-profit, consumer-governed health insurance plans that will help increase competition and give consumers and small businesses additional affordable health insurance choices. CMS is proposing standards for CO-OPs, and for qualifying for $3.8 billion in repayable loans to help start-up and capitalize these new health plans. All CO-OP loans must be repaid with interest and loans will only be made to private, nonprofit entities that demonstrate a high probability of becoming financially viable.
Source: Excerpta Medica / GetInsideHealth In this 4.5-minute video interview conducted at the 2011 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Dr. Eric Silfen explains that there is an important new initiative to provide continuity of care after hospital discharge. The initiative, which is being promoted by the ACC and others, has been given the formal acronym of H2H, which stands for hospital to home care.
Source: Cheryl Clark / HealthLeaders Media The value-based purchasing sweepstakes race is on. It's hospital against hospital in a national contest to see which acute care teams can please their patients the most on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.
Source: Becky Gillette / AR Med News With the aging population in the U.S. combined with the increase in obesity and diabetes, demand for wound care is increasing and cases are more complicated. Physicians are seeing more patients with difficult to heal wounds such as chronic venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and arterial ulcers.
Source: Elizabeth Agnvall / AARP Bulletin Yearly CT scans of middle-aged and older smokers — and former smokers — can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent, according to a eight-year, landmark study funded by the federal government. Health experts say the study results represent a historic leap forward in cancer detection that could save thousands of lives each year, although at considerable cost.
Source: Mary Mosquera / Health Care IT News Innovative tools and data that federal health agencies have released to the public can help healthcare providers meet meaningful use of electronic health records, says Todd, Park, chief technology officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. Speaking to an audience at the Government Health IT Conference on June 15, Park offered several examples.
Source: The Healthcare Intelligence Network Just five years ago, patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) were a vaguely familiar concept that many healthcare organizations erroneously associated with remote monitoring of patients, in-home care or a physical structure. Today, the PCMH is a favored model of integrated care delivery and a cornerstone of accountable care — two core elements of healthcare reform.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and have the same insurance choices as members of Congress. Starting in 2014, Exchanges will make it easy for individuals and small businesses to compare health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in a health plan that meets their needs.
Industry Events

World CongressWHEN: August 1-3, 2011 WHERE: Boston, MA PRODUCED BY: World Congress – Strategic Leadership for the Health Care Industry This event convenes the nation's top visionaries and thought leaders to address the evolution health care quality by discussing such topics as incentives, pay-for-performance, bundled payments, global reimbursement strategies, physician/hospital alignment, patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, and measurement to improve the delivery of care.

World CongressWHEN: September 21-23, 2011 WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Corner Vienna, VA PRODUCED BY: World Congress – Strategic Leadership for the Health Care Industry In 2011, do not miss this unique opportunity to hear from key Washington insiders, leading wellness advocates, renowned employer groups and high performing health plans on the latest regulatory changes designed to combat obesity and to increase wellness initiatives. Learn how wellness champions and supporting stakeholder groups are implementing progressive reimbursement models and behavioral modification programs to reverse the growing obesity epidemic.

World CongressWHEN: September 22-23, 2011 WHERE: Sheraton Premier at Tyson's Corner Vienna, VA PRODUCED BY: World Congress – Strategic Leadership for the Health Care Industry This event will provide practitioners, policy makers and payers with a state-of-the-art discussion on the potential of Shared Decision Making to decrease over-utilization of certain services and treatments while increasing patient engagement and satisfaction with care.

Physicians InstituteWHEN: October 28-29, 2011 WHERE: Hilton Atlanta Airport Atlanta, GA PRODUCED BY: Bruce Berger and The Physicians’ Institute CMSA Members receive a $50 discount off the standard rates! comMIt™(Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training) is an effective training program to teach health care providers how to use the principles of motivational interviewing (MI) with patients to more effectively improve adherence with health behaviors and hence, produce better outcomes. Brief motivational interviewing is a patient-centered approach developed for use with patients who vary in their readiness to take their medicines or manage their illness and related health behaviors. comMIt™ is offered over a two-day period. While both days are recommended for health care professionals, attending Day 1 only is an option for those who mainly wish to be exposed to the principles of Motivational Interviewing. Day 2 will feature extensive practice with expert coaching.

PlanetreeWHEN: October 30 - November 2, 2011 WHERE: Gaylord Opryland 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN PRODUCED BY: Planetree: Patient-Centered Care Planetree ( has been at the forefront of the effort to personalize, humanize, and demystify the health care system for more than 30 years, and this philosophy parallels that of case managers in many ways. As advocates for patients, case managers are personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the patient experience each and every day.

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