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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. Four Weeks Left Until the
Submission Deadline of September 11, 2011.
Integrated Care Management

More 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

October 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:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT, Join CMSA President Mary Beth Newman during the next All-Member Webinar to discuss current CMSA activities and member benefit updates. Use this time to ask questions and interact with your association President on CMSA hot topics. This is a great way to stay connected to your association and understand how your association is supporting you.

A photo from the recent Annual Conference's Opening Night Event has been submitted to CVENT's "Great Event Photo Contest" - and we need your votes to win! CMSA's photo captures the dramatic grand entrance of the local Sheriff's Precision-Mounted Posse Drill Team during the evening's rodeo. Attendees were delighted with front-row seats to an authentic, professional, traditional Texas rodeo. This wasn't just playtime with actors - true American cowboys rode the barrels, wrestled steers, and hung onto broncos, while experienced rodeo clowns and trail bosses kept things on track. Visitors will have until August 22 to vote for their favorite photo and may vote once each day. On August 22, the 25 photos with the greatest number of fan votes will be named semi-finalists. Then, a panel of Cvent judges will select the grand prize winner and 10 runners-up from among the 25 semi-finalist entries. Cast your vote for CMSA's Photo today!
Featured Article

Pat Stricker, RN, M EdPat Stricker, RN, Med Senior Vice President TCS Healthcare Technologies Twenty years ago would you have thought that you could "attend a conference" from the comfort of your "easy chair" or backyard patio? Well, today you can! We all need continuing education credits to maintain our licenses and accreditations, or just to keep up-to-date with the advances in our field. Individual courses are offered online or through journals, but it takes time and coordination to find them and make sure they contain the content we are looking for.
By Stefani Daniels and Jeff Frater Case managers are in an excellent position to take the lead in managing complex patient care processes and ensuring coordination of care within diverse, and often disjunct, acute care settings. Patients’ experiences in an acute care environment are fraught with complexities and risk. Today’s hospitals are filled with highly trained service providers, technological marvels, and often, a full-time, employed medical staff. Except in the smallest community hospitals, medical care is often managed by a combination of primary care physicians, medical specialists, hospitalists, and intensivists. Yet complications occur daily in hospitals throughout the country and make frequent headlines—often because of care coordination issues. In this environment, a new term is emerging denoting an effective approach for dealing with such complications: progression of care.

A study published recently in the Oncology Nursing Forum examines the concept of "distance caregiving" and the challenges it presents to both family members and healthcare professionals. By 2012, according to the article, an estimated 14 million people will serve as distance caregivers to family members who live across the state, across the region or even across the country. In "Lack of Communication and Control: Experience of Distance Caregivers of Patients," Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP, AOCN, FPCN, lead investigator on the study and an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and her fellow researchers discussed the need for a change in the way information is delivered to distance caregivers.

The quality of health care professionals, services, facilities, and plans can greatly impact a patient’s health. Medicare beneficiaries have choices when it comes to the quality of their providers. That’s why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services just launched the Quality Care Finder designed to help beneficiaries and their caregivers find better health care options.

Medicare average prescription drug premiums will not increase in 2012. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) comes as more people with Medicare are receiving discounts on prescription drug costs and no-cost preventive services. New data indicates that 17 million people with Medicare have received free preventive services this year while 900,000 Medicare beneficiaries who hit the prescription drug donut hole have received a 50 percent discount on their prescription drugs.
Industry Events

In 2009, six Premature Infant Health Summits were conducted to address and discuss the many issues facing premature infants. Since that time many stakeholders have developed programs and initiatives, all with the goal of improving the care of premature infants. This year we will talk about the many small steps that have been taken and, with everyone’s involvement, can lead to big changes in the lives of premature infants. Topics will include:
  • Born too soon...why it matters. The latest on prematurity rates and research
  • Engaging national and community stakeholders to make a difference
  • Review and discussion of new premature infant resources
  • Current policy landscape and the impact on premature infant care
To register please email

How to Create an Ideal Case Size in Case Management
WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 12:00-1:30 pm (EDT)
PRODUCED BY: Dorland / Case in Point Webinars Managing caseloads can be confounding. For that reason, Dorland Health’s next webinar will address the topic of caseload management. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 31, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (EDT). In this 90-minute webinar, the faculty will address the challenge of caseload management, providing the considerations that case management leaders should address in order to develop best practices for their own setting and practice model. Settings to be discussed include: Acute Case Management, Managed Care/Health Plan, Disability Case Management, Workers’ Compensation, Home Health, and more. CMSA members can sign up their teams to view the webinar at the special discounted price. For more information and to register, please use this link: and use promo code: CMSADISCOUNT to get the special rate. To order this webinar by phone, please contact Hope Kabik at 301-354-1769. On Demand viewing is available after the live webinar. CD-ROMs are also available for purchase. A question and answer session will follow the presentation, but due to the expected large volume of questions, it is encouraged that you forward your questions in advance of the webinar. Please send your questions to the faculty c/o

URAC and the Care Continuum Alliance have partnered to present a global awards program, the 2011 International Health Promotion Awards Symposium, in Rome, Italy, December 5-6, 2011. This program, which recognizes and promotes innovative programs from around the world that significantly improve health, supports the understanding that pressing health problems cannot be addressed by one country or one group alone. By bringing successful programs to wider attention, the International Health Promotion Awards will empower organizations globally to take action and save lives. This event will be attended by delegates from internationally recognized health care organizations, governmental agencies, charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care associations, and corporations. Nominations are being accepted through September 16, 2011.

World Congress
WHEN: 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 Congress
WHEN: 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 Institute
WHEN: October 28-29, 2011
WHERE: Hilton Atlanta Airport Atlanta, GA
PRODUCED BY: Bruce Berger and The Physicians’ Institute CMSA Members receive a 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 two will feature extensive practice with expert coaching.

WHEN: 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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