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February 2014 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
The 2014 ICM Program is now open for registration. Each trainee completes a self-study portion with the ICM Manual and online sessions. A choice of three face-to-face training sites and dates will be available to choose from for 2014 trainees. 

For more information on the ICM program, visit www.cmsa.org/ICM.
 
CMSA’s Educational Resource Library (ERL) makes earning continuing education credits and keeping up-to-date on current hot topics and best practices easier than ever. 

This web-based, dedicated learning platform features a full complement of continuing education coursework for case managers and employers looking to provide educational resources to their employees.
 
Featured Events
Access early bird discounts for the conference through March 31! 
 
CMSA’s 2014 Conference & Expo is set to be held June 17–20 at the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Healthcare Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio! This year’s theme, Embracing the Changing Rhythms of Health Care, conveys the opportunity for you, CMSA and the entire case management community to be instrumental in improving patient care, quality, and coordination during a period of significant changes in the provision and delivery of health care.   

While CMSA's conference always strives to deliver the most timely, significant, and relevant knowledge to the case management community, this year's conference — in Cleveland, an international hub for health care innovation — serves as a catalyst for CMSA to provide the most valuable content in its more than two decades of conference history.  

Whether you’re just getting into the groove of your career, or your practice is finely tuned, you won’t want to miss this premier event! Learn more and register at www.cmsa.org/conference
 
American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
Deadline: March 15

CMSA is now accepting applications for the Case Management Practice Improvement Award and Case Management Research Award, which pay tribute to the case management individual, group or organization offering the most outstanding research or evidence-based practice program. 

Each award recognizes programs that use 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.
 
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies
   
Many case managers are now tracking how U.S. health care reform efforts are promoting information technology (IT) system integration to improve patient care, clinical outcomes, business efficiencies, and medical savings.  In addition, it is no secret that procuring and successfully implementing such IT systems can be a formidable undertaking. Keeping up with expanding synergetic interfaces between technology and care management workflow processes is essential in order to offer effective medical management programs.
 
David E. Avison an internationally renowned professor, consultant, and researcher of Information Systems states, "In healthcare IT implementation, systems need to have well-defined standards for interoperability and terminologies and comply with legal requirements. Ideally these systems also improve workflow, reduce cost, and improve quality of care, all the while maintaining long-standing beneficial patterns of communication, collaboration, and healthcare delivery."
 
Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
Amramp
St. David's HealthCare
Articles and Links
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
 
As part of an ongoing effort to empower patients to be informed partners with their health care providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients or a person designated by the patient a means of direct access to the patient’s completed laboratory test reports.

"The right to access personal health information is a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule," said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their health care professionals, and adhere to important treatment plans."
 
27 percent of January enrollees are young adults — up 3 percentage points
from the previous reporting period
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
 
Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace continued to rise in January, with a 53 percent increase in overall enrollment over the prior three month reporting period, with young adult enrollment outpacing all other age groups combined, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Feb. 3.

Nearly 3.3 million people enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace plans by Feb. 1, 2014 (the end of the fourth reporting period for open enrollment), with January alone accounting for 1.1 million plan selections in state and federal marketplaces. In January, 27 percent of those who selected plans in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace are between the ages of 18 and 34, a three percentage point increase over the figure reported for the previous three-month period. Young adult enrollment grew by 65 percent in January, from 489,460 at the end of December to 807,515 as of Feb. 1, while all other age groups combined grew by 55 percent.
 
Industry Events
CMSA Members: Save $300 on any of the events below when you use promo code CMSA300.
 
The 11th Annual Physician Advisor Summit
March 24–25, 2014 | Orlando, FL
 
 

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