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University of Chicago Medical Center
April 23-24

CMSA's Third Summit kicks off next Monday in Washington, D.C.! Attendees will receive important policy updates related to case management and concerning national issues in health care reform, learn how to interact at the national level and how to apply this knowledge at the local level for greater impact. Attendees will visit "The Hill," where they will spend time with members of Congress, representatives from federal agencies, CMSA leaders and other experts who will address attendees with the latest information.

On-site registration is still available; visit for comprehensive event information.
Integrated Care Management
June 19-22
Plan now to secure your spot for a week of education and networking in beautiful San Francisco! Standard rates are available through May 31, and don't forget that CMSA members and groups of three or more registering together receive a $100 discount on registration.

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CMSA has recently secured additional rooms at the Hyatt; details are forthcoming on the conference website. Register for the conference and reserve your accommodations today!
Member Announcements
On May 16 at noon CDT, CMSA President Mary Beth Newman, MSN, RN-BC, CMAC, CCP, CCM, will address the CMSA community regarding current association activities and member benefit updates. Register to stay connected to your organization and to understand how your organization is supporting you!

Reserve your webinar seat today

If you missed the February call or simply want to hear it again, you can listen to the full call recording by clicking here.

Special offer for non-members: Join this call to hear an exclusive membership offer and to learn more about CMSA!
MedEscort International
Featured Article
Affordable Care Act to Eliminate Pre-Existing Limitation Waiting Periods

By Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
SVP of Clinical Services
TCS Healthcare Technologies

As of 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will require health plans to eliminate the pre-existing condition waiting period for all Americans.  Individuals, who historically could not secure coverage due to cancer, congestive heart failure, and other medical conditions, now will be able to purchase health insurance. 
Over 1.1 million beneficiaries now served by Accountable Care Organizations
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new program that will help physicians, hospitals and other health care providers work together to improve care for people with Medicare is off to a strong start, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced recently.
HHS Secretary and Attorney General Host Seventh Regional Health Care Fraud Prevention Summit in Chicago
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

At a Chicago summit highlighting a new high-tech war against health care fraud, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder discussed how the Affordable Care Act and the Obama Administration’s Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) are helping fight Medicare fraud.
Rate Announcement & Call Letter address 2013 payments & other program updates
Final rule strengthens beneficiary protections, codifies coverage gap discount program
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued final regulations for Medicare Advantage (MA) and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs to improve benefits and the quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in these programs.
Industry Events
This weekend, ABQAURP is hosting its Collaborative Care conference in Atlanta, GA. Also, learn about ABQAURP's new Transitions of Care Sub-Specialty Certification!

35th Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference: Collaborative Care Opportunities and Challenges, April 21 | Atlanta, GA More Info

Transitions of Care Sub-Specialty Certification More Info

CMSA Members: Receive a 10 percent discount on the HCQM board exam with promo code CMSAEXAM
World Congress has several live health care events coming up this spring and summer. Members can save $200 on current rates for each event by entering the code CMSA200 during the registration process!

The Ninth Annual Leadership Summit on Optimizing Observation Patient Management, April 23-24 | Chicago, IL More Info

The World Congress Third Annual Leadership Summit on The Business of Women’s Health, April 25-27 | Boston, MA  More Info

The World Congress Fourth Annual Leadership Summit on End of Life Coordination to Advance the Continuum of Palliative Care, June 26-27 | Boston, MA More Info

Not valid on gov’t registrations, cannot be combined with any other offers, cannot be used toward a previous registration.
Join Bruce Berger Consulting and The Physicians’ Institute on August 16-17 in Atlanta, GA, for comMIt™ (Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training). This effective training program is designed to teach health care providers how to use the principles of motivational interviewing (MI) with patients. Brief motivational interviewing is a patient-centered approach developed:

•    For use with patients who vary in their readiness to take their medications or manage their illness and related health behaviors
•    To more effectively improve adherence with health behaviors
•    Ultimately, to produce better patient outcomes

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