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University of Chicago Medical Center
Once again, the Case Management Foundation will exhibit at the CMSA 2013 Annual Conference, June 25-28, in New Orleans. If you are attending this year's conference, make sure to stop by and learn how CMF is building an inclusive community and creating industry-wide solutions to industry-wide challenges. While you're there, don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win an incredible vacation package to Hawaii, donated by Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance!
Did you know that if you pay your own way to CMSA's Annual Conference & Expo, your trip expenses are tax deductible?  In addition, full conference registration includes several meals throughout the week, especially our exciting Opening Night Event featuring New Orleans cuisine by Ralph Brennan's Restaurant!

Standard rates end May 31; visit to learn more and register.  You can also view our recent webinars any time, on demand:

10 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

How to Use the New Conference Mobile App
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 11:00 - Noon CDT

Join CMSA President Nancy Skinner to discuss current activities with CMSA 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. You do not need to be a CMSA member to attend.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Reserve your spot today!
Member Announcements
All 120+ continuing education courses housed in the CMSA Educational Resource Library are included with your CMSA 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!
CMSA Members – Save $300 on any of the below events when you use promo code CMSA13.
The 12th Annual Leadership Summit on Patient Flow and Safety Optimization

June 27-28, 2013 | Rosemont, IL

The 11th Annual Value Based Care Congress
August 5-6, 2013 | Boston, MA

The 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Shared Decision Making
September 19-20, 2013 | Boston, MA
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

In order to offer effective medical management programs, case managers need to be aware of key health care trends, features, and functions. It is difficult to keep up with the expanding symbiotic interface between technology and care management workflow processes, but it essential to try to do so.
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.

The information and tools presented in this edition serve the professional care management community as the standard by which case managers can advance assistance, coaching, and monitoring efforts with the goal of ultimately improving care delivery and patient outcomes.

Access your copy at
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

On May 8, as part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a three-part initiative that for the first time gives consumers information on what hospitals charge. New data released show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services.

Also on May 8, HHS made approximately $87 million available to states to enhance their rate review programs and further health care pricing transparency. In an example of how these data might be used, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is planning a data visualization challenge which will further the dissemination of these data to larger audiences.
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!
Industry Events
Join Bruce Berger Consulting on August 15-16 in Atlanta, Ga., for comMIt™ (Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training).  This training program teaches health care professionals how to use the principles of motivational interviewing (MI) with patients to improve adherence with health behaviors and hence, produce better outcomes.

CMSA Members receive a $50 discount.
Participate in this one-day seminar as expert faculty provide a thorough review of NCQA’s Case Management Accreditation standards. Participants will learn about the program’s eligibility, how the program compares to Health Plan Accreditation QI 7, how to apply the standards across a variety of settings such as health plans, patient-centered medical homes and community care teams; and the survey process. A discussion led by CMSA will focus on the trajectory of case management and accreditation now and in the future.

Participants will receive an epub of the 2012 Case Management Accreditation Standards.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for organizations interested in pursuing NCQA’s Case Management Accreditation. Attendees include but are not limited to:

- Case Managers and Directors
- Care Managers and Team Members
- Quality Improvement Managers and Directors
- Utilization Managers

Registration Fee: There is a special rate of $550 available to CMSA members. To register for this special rate, click below.

Health Net
Restore Health Group
The University of Alabama
American Sentinel University

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