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University of Chicago Medical Center
Nominate an individual, group, or organization that uses findings from a research or quality/performance improvement (QI/PI) project for innovation in the advancement of case management practice and/or improved client outcomes!

The deadline for submitting entries has been extended to this Sunday night, March 24 at midnight.  Visit for additional information and entry forms.
In June 2013, shine your light for case management at CMSA’s 23rd Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La. This multi-day journey is the sole health care event designed to deliver clinical, professional, regulatory, and personal growth for the present and future of cross-continuum case management.

Whether your case management light has been glowing for years, your flame is brand new, or you would like to generate a spark, a spot is waiting for you in New Orleans. Visit to learn more and register today!
Integrated Case Management (ICM) training is an advanced educational program designed to provide case managers with the skills needed to develop an alliance with the patient/client using motivational interviewing skills while disentangling physical, psychological, social, and health system barriers to improvement.

The spring program begins May 1 with a series of webinars and home study, followed by 1.5 day face-to-face training at CMSA’s Annual Conference & Expo.
Member Announcements

The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) will install five new members of the CMSA National Board of Directors this year, after recently completing its 2013 election.

In one of the largest elections in the Association's 23-year history with a pool of 13 candidates, CMSA's membership has elected a president-elect, secretary, and three directors to serve 2, 3, or 4-year terms on the national board. The new leaders will begin their terms this summer at CMSA's 23rd Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, June 25-28, 2013.
CMSA is dedicated to being the trusted source of case management resources, which enable case managers to be more efficient, effective, and competitive.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a CMSA member, or if your membership is inactive, visit by March 31 and use promotion code CONNECT13 to save $30 off National dues and pay only $133, plus local chapter dues.

We look forward to welcoming you to the CMSA community soon!

May be redeemed online only for new and inactive memberships only for an Individual A or Individual B member type.  Discounts are already applied to Student and Military member types.
As part of CMSA's recent membership enhancements, CMSA members now have access to all 120+ continuing education courses housed in the CMSA Educational Resource Library, included with your membership at no additional cost. Both Health Information Technology Survey Webinars have recently been added to the ERL, which have been approved for Nursing hours.

In addition, take advantage of discounted member pricing on 2012 Extended Conference course tickets and packages through July 31, 2013!
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

I recently reviewed Trend Report #2 from the 2012 Health Information Technology Survey. This report, "Communications & Social Media," compares how our communication with patients has changed over the course of the three surveys that were completed in 2008, 2010 and 2012. It identifies and tracks trends in traditional communication methods (phone, face-to-face meetings, letters, and facsimiles) with the newer communication platforms (emails, texting, social networking, and even blogging).
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
CMSA recently launched CMAG 2012, the third revision of the resource, which is designed to provide case management professionals with assessment and intervention tools to improve patient medication and treatment adherence.

Access your copy
Congratulations Joan DeVito, RN, who submitted the winning entry for the Case Management Week Slogan Contest! This year's theme is Case Management: Where Advocacy, Innovation and Collaboration Come Together. This slogan conveys first and foremost that case managers stand behind patient needs, innovate as required for each unique patient, and collaborate to participate for a common goal of the best outcome possible.

Save the Date: National Case Management Week is October 13-19, 2013!  Stay tuned for additional information on CM Week products and planning tools.  Thank you to the more than 65 individuals who contributed slogans!
Don’t forget about a wonderful opportunity to continue your education in Integrated Case Management (ICM)! CMF is pleased to announce that we will be providing registration for a few lucky case managers to complete Section II of the CMSA National ICM Program (Session I completion required.)

The program starts up again May 1, 2013; find more info about the program and apply today!
As a partner with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s educational program, CMSA members in all settings have taken advantage of 38 free online programs!

These online programs include case studies, videos, feedback-based learning, and print - all designed to support awareness of comparative effectiveness and its value in shared decision-making and comparing treatment options in a wide range of conditions, from Breast and Prostate Cancer, to cardiovascular diseases, mental health, diabetes, and more. Accreditation for many of the programs expire soon, so bookmark  and keep learning!
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that more than 6.3 million people with Medicare saved over $6.1 billion on prescription drugs because of the health care law.

The Affordable Care Act makes Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) more affordable by gradually closing the gap in coverage where beneficiaries must pay the full cost of their prescriptions out of pocket. This gap is known as the donut hole.
Health Care Law’s Third Anniversary Sees Health Costs Slowing Down, More Value for Consumers
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on March 18 that about 71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive health care service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act. The new data was released in a report from HHS.
Industry Events
CMSA Members: Save $300 when you register online or at 800-767-9499 with promo code CMSA13!

The 10th Annual World Health Care Congress
April 8-10, 2013 Washington, DC

The World Congress 4th Annual Leadership Summit on The Business of Women’s Health
April 8-10, 2013 Washington, DC

10th Annual Observation Management Summit
April 18-19, 2013 | Chicago, Ill.

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