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University of Chicago Medical Center
The CMSA Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee will accept applications for new Public Policy Committee members now through July 30.  The PPC works to support the Board of Directors on CMSA's public policy initiatives and participates in several policy-related activities throughout the year, including the Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

If you would like to be considered as a committee member applicant,  contact Ashton-Theodore Randle at
Thank you to everyone who attended the 22nd Annual Conference & Expo in San Francisco!   Some of the conference's significant events included the Annual Awards Event and attendee participation in a book drive for the Children's Book Project.

Click the link below for awards recipients and book drive results!
2012 National Case Management Week is October 14-20! Start planning your celebrations and recognition now within your chapters, in your communities and through your employers.

For your CM Week activities, consider banquets and recognition dinners, state and city proclamations and continuing education seminars.  And, honor the other case managers in your life with gifts, dinners or flowers to show your appreciation!
Member Announcements
CMSA's 2012-2013 Board of Directors was recently installed at the Annual Conference & Expo.  Click the link below to learn more about your new National Board.
MedEscort International
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

The health care system is undergoing rapid transformation, and a common challenge many case managers face is how to understand what types of Health Information Technology (HIT) systems are out there and how they directly or indirectly impact care management.
2.4 million people with Medicare to receive better, more coordinated care
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on July 9, that as of July 1, 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C.  ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare. 
Proposals also would enhance beneficiary role in quality of care reviews
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 6 issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Affordable Care Act made many preventive services no cost to beneficiaries
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Affordable Care Act – the new health care law – helped over 16 million people with original Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first six months of 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on July 10.  This includes 1.35 million who have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Caregiver resources are available on These resources provide insights about choosing a drug plan, selecting a hospital, finding local support and care options, and much more. And be sure to remind caregivers that many Medicare preventive services are available to their loved one with no co-pay, like an annual wellness visit, immunizations, and some cancer screenings. It’s just another way you can help caregivers.

Industry Events
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
World Congress has several live health care events coming up this summer. Members can save $200 on current rates for each event by entering the code CMSA200 during the registration process!

The World Congress 8th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicare
July 24-25, 2012 | Arlington, Va. More info

The World Congress 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid
July 24-25, 2012 | Arlington, Va. More info

The World Congress 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Shared Decision Making
September 20-21, 2012 | Newton, Mass. More info

Not valid on gov’t registrations, cannot be combined with any other offers, cannot be used toward a previous registration.
Through a joint collaboration, CMSA and ABQAURP have created a sub-specialty certification for Transitions of Care (TOC) as part of the specialized credentials available through ABQAURP’s Health Care Quality Management Board Certification (HCQM). Created to recognize the importance of TOC, this credential is the first one to support professionals – as a team and individually – who demonstrate competence and skills in providing the key elements of TOC.

For additional details about the certification and the available sub-specialties, visit

CMSA Members: Receive a 10 percent discount on the HCQM board exam with promo code CMSAEXAM

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