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December 2013 In This Issue
Special Announcement
Featured Events
Member Announcements
Featured Article
Articles and Links
Industry Events
CareerSmart Learning
University of Chicago Medical Center
The University of Alabama
Special Announcement
Each year, CMSA pays special tribute at its annual conference to those individuals or organizations who have demonstrated distinguished service to the case management profession.

View the award categories and deadlines below:
 
· Individual Recognition Awards
  Deadline: Feb. 14
· Chapter Excellence and Innovation
  Deadline: Feb. 14
· Case Management Practice Improvement and Research Awards
  Deadline: Mar. 15
 
To learn more about CMSA’s awards program, visit cmsa.org/awards. Submit your application or nominate a colleague today!
 
This holiday season, the Case Management Foundation is thankful for its fantastic donors!  Donations in support of the Foundation have made it possible for CMF to provide programs that nurture the next generation of case managers, such as CMSA’s Integrated Case Management Training Sponsorship. The Case Management Foundation (CMF) is the nation’s only charitable organization created to support education, research, and professional development for case managers.  
 
Help create the future of case management! Please consider including CMF in your charitable giving this holiday season!
 
To learn more or to donate online, please visit the CMF website at www.supportcmf.org.
 
Featured Events
Embracing the Changing Rhythms of Healthcare
 
Save the date for CMSA’s 2014 Conference & Expo, set to be held June 17 – 20 at the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Healthcare Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio!  Whether you’re just getting into the groove of your career or your practice is finely tuned, gain clinical, professional, and personal growth at this premier event.
 
Book your hotel and learn about opportunities to highlight your company today! Registration will open in January 2014.
 
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Member Announcements
With the holiday season upon us, CMSA would like to share its holiday schedule for operations. Our goal is to ensure all of your service requirements are met through the season.
 
From Dec. 23 - Jan. 1, CMSA's offices will be closed in observance of the holidays. Please email cmsa@cmsa.org for urgent needs and assistance at this time. The offices will reopen on Jan. 2, 2014. 
 
We wish everyone a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year!
 
With Case Management Week behind us, it's time to prepare for next year's celebration of the profession of case management! It's your chance to create a meaningful slogan that inspires and motivates, with the chance to WIN $200!
 
The 2014 National Case Management Week slogan should capture one or more facets of case management, reflect the values of the profession, and celebrate the contributions of case managers in all areas of expertise.

The deadline to submit a slogan is Dec. 31, 2013. Please email slogan entries to cmsa@cmsa.org or njackson@cm-innovators.com.
 
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies
 
Case management programs are focused on making sure patients are getting the right care in the right setting at the right time. They are designed to ensure that each patient is receiving the appropriate services, thus promoting the most positive clinical and financial outcomes in any given circumstance.

More than ever, technology infrastructure is a vital component of providing efficient, high-quality, and integrated health care to the population. Health care reform measures continue to promote information technology (IT) automation and integration of clinical and business workflows to improve patient care and financial outcomes; thus, leveraging the right IT solution can be a huge help in the integration of care.
 
Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
Amramp
Articles and Links
CDC, CMS collaborate to advance public reporting of important hospital quality indicators
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
 
New data posted today and gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections.  This information, as well as other hospital performance measures, is collected as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and is publicly available on the Hospital Compare website.
 
1.9 million customers made it through the process but have not yet selected a plan; an additional 803,077 assessed or determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
 
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that nearly 365,000 individuals have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces by the end of November. November alone added more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal Marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number.
 
Industry Events
CMSA Members: Save $300 on any of the events below when you use promo code CMSA300.
 
The World Congress 4th Annual Leadership Summit on Hospital Readmissions
January 30-31, 2014 | Orlando, FL
www.worldcongress.com/readmissions
 
The Remote Patient Monitoring Summit
January 30-31, 2014 | Orlando, FL
www.worldcongress.com/rpm
 
The 11th Annual Physician Advisor Summit
March 24-25, 2014 | Orlando, FL
www.worldcongress.com/physicianadvisor
 
 

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