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University of Chicago Medical Center
Do you want to be an integral part of CMSA's 2014 conference? Consider submitting an abstract for a 2014 conference presentation! CMSA will accept abstracts from September 27-October 24; look for submission details in your inbox next week.
CMSA is pleased to once again offer online access to a variety of educational tracks and clinical symposia from CMSA’s Annual Conference & Expo, the industry’s most comprehensive event bringing together case managers from across the country to hear professional speakers, share ideas and learn about the latest products and services. Explore all courses now!
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Experience advocacy in action at CMSA's 2013 Public Policy & Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.! At this educational and energizing event, join CMSA leaders and your colleagues to:

- Learn what CMSA's Public Policy Committee is doing to advocate for your profession and career;
- Educate Congress on the importance of case management to the effective delivery of health care;
- Explore how to utilize your local networks for grassroots legislative success; and
- Network with industry colleagues who are invested in advocating for the case management profession.
Learn more and register at
Member Announcements
Are you ready to lead? The nominations period for CMSA’s National Board of Directors is now open through November 30, 2013!

As a not-for-profit Section 501(c)(6) professional society, CMSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. In keeping with the mission "to promote the individual and collective professional development of health care case managers," future leaders will join a team of visionary leaders and dedicated professionals who are setting the pace with case management practice and health policy in today’s health care environment.

If the expectations described in the Position Descriptions match your desire to lead and your qualifications, we encourage you to take the next step toward national leadership! Submit your nomination form today!
American Sentinel University
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

Care managers are an integral part of managing a patient’s health—ensuring patients adhere to their care plans, providing advice and information when patients have questions, and helping patients become and remain healthy. However, the positive outcomes associated with proper care management cannot be achieved by the care manager alone. They need a total commitment from the patient to become involved, since patient engagement is a critical element of successful care management.
A new report released on Sept. 12 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that 6.8 million consumers saved an estimated $1.2 billion on health insurance premiums in 2012, due to the "rate review" provision of the Affordable Care Act, which brought unprecedented accountability to slow the growth of health insurance premiums. The Affordable Care Act, along with state efforts, continues to bring scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases and is saving consumers real money as a result.
CMSA has 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
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!
Your opinion is valued!
CMSA's Care Management Industry Directory now includes a reviews feature, enabling you to provide feedback to the CMSA community about industry companies and resources. If you submit a review between now and September 30, you'll be entered for a chance to win a seven-day trip to Hawaii (airfare and hotel included)! Click here to access the directory and submit a review.
Industry Events
CMSA Members: Save $300 on any of the below events when you use promo code CMSA13.
The 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Shared Decision-Making
September 19-20, 2013 | Boston, MA
Helping Hospitals Reach Their Goals in Improving Diabetes Care
September 26-27, Charlotte, N.C.
Join Current Advantage for a two-day conference on collaborative diabetes care. Key issues to be discussed include:
-Journey to improving quality of care for patients with diabetes through Joint Commission certification;
-Smoothing the transition from hospital to home—how to prevent re-admissions in patients with hyperglycemia;
-Case management delivery models: the foundation of health care reform; and
-Evidence-based team approach to improving diabetes care.
Contact Gia Bosch at (414) 255-9525 or

The University of Alabama
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