CMSA'S Pulse eNewsletter

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University of Chicago Medical Center
Special Announcement

National Case Management Week has
arrived! CMSA and President Kathy Fraser, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN,
would like to wish you a wonderful week and recognize the
contributions and achievements of all case/care management professionals.
Click the link below to view a short message from your CMSA president!

Additionally, share these resources with your community:

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When you donate to the Case Management Foundation (CMF), you are changing the lives of your peers and the patients in their care! With your help, CMF has been able to provide awards for case management research and practice improvement, hardship scholarships to case managers for professional education and development, case management research studies, connections for case managers in diverse settings through social media, and volunteer opportunities to the case management community. CMF is truly case managers caring for each other.

Help CMF expand its programs and help even more case mangers become the best they can be. Celebrate Case Management Week, Oct.12–18, by making a donation at

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Featured Events
In continuation of CMSA's 2014 Webinar series, CMSA will host the following webinar:

Transitions of Care Guidelines for the Pulmonary Hypertension Patient

Tues., Oct. 28

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CDT

Presented by Sharon Jones, RN, MSN, CCM, Nurse Navigator, Christiana Care Hospital

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) or high blood pressure in the lungs is a progressive, incurable disease that is a challenge to treat; and an oftentimes stressful journey for patients and all involved in their care. PH patients are very often misdiagnosed initially, since the signs and symptoms of the disease mimic others that are better known. When the diagnosis is made, PH patients require specialized treatment by trained medical personnel who are well-versed and familiar with prescribing their costly life-saving medications.

This presentation will provide guidelines and best-practice information for case managers in a variety of settings that clearly outline their roles and responsibilities so that safe transitions of care for the PH patient can be realized.

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American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements

Are you ready to lead? The nominations period for CMSA’s National Board of Directors is now open through Oct. 31, 2014

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, you have the opportunity to be a  future leader. The CMSA Board is 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.

CMSA leadership is focused on safeguarding and advancing the practice of case management while providing solutions to challenges affecting current and prospective case managers both today and in the future. If you have the commitment, dedication, and competencies to drive visionary thinking and explore solutions to advance the practice of case management, consider submitting your nomination form for President-Elect, Secretary, or Director.

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Thurs., Nov. 6

12 – 1 p.m.


Join CMSA President Kathleen Fraser 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 enabling you to be more efficient, effective, and competitive in your practice.

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Enhance your conference experience online this summer by taking conference sessions you may have missed at CMSA’s annual conference! Extended Conference provides a cloud-based solution to obtain knowledge from industry thought leaders via online sessions at your own pace.

This resource provides immediate access to the sessions you need for continuing education credits. The content presented enables you to meet your professional goals as well as the requirements of their employer, professional association, and credentialing and licensing boards.

While sessions of relevance to your work setting and expertise may be at the top of your list, Extended Conference also provides a venue for case managers to access courses in an area of practice different from your expertise.

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Featured Article

Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President

TCS Healthcare Technologies

Case managers are burdened by heavy workloads, numerous tasks, and demanding time frames. In addition, they need to have a vast amount of knowledge about a myriad of health care topics (e.g., conditions and diseases; insurance and benefits; available financial and community resources; treatment protocols; clinical standards and guidelines; medications, including dosages, indications, and side effects; and many, many more). It is impossible for nurses to memorize everything they need to know. The constant pressure to provide the best possible care and stay up-to-date with current knowledge and practices is a daunting task for even the most qualified case managers.

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Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links

Help us remind Medicare beneficiaries that it is time for Medicare Open Enrollment, which will run this year from October 15 to December 7. 

Open Enrollment is the time for patients to review and compare your Medicare plan to either change or stay with your current plan for 2015. 

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Premiums, copays, and deductibles for other Medicare programs for 2015 also announced

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell announced on Oct. 9 that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years. Medicare Part B covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items. For the approximately 49 million Americans enrolled in Medicare Part B, premiums and deductibles will remain unchanged in 2015 at $104.90 and $147 respectively. This leaves more of seniors’ cost of living adjustment from Social Security in their pockets.

According to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, as compared to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections for 2015 made in 2009, premiums will be more than $125 lower over the course of a year.


Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Industry Events

Join the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) and care transitions stakeholders from across the country for the 3rd Annual Transitions of Care Summit, themed "Care Transitions & The Future: Shaping Policy and Innovation," on Dec. 3 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. At this historic venue known as "The Place Where News Happens," enrich your practice with in-depth knowledge on policy, technology, and telemedicine affecting care transitions.

This year’s conference features panel discussions and keynotes by health care experts, legislative and technology leaders who are implementing policy, programs and products to facilitate improved transitions of care. Secure your spot for the rare opportunity to interact with leaders who are developing new models of care, quality initiatives, and payment and performance measurement. The event's networking opportunities and round table discussions will seek to shape the future of care transitions.

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The Commission for Case Manager Certification (the Commission) is committed to the assurance of quality and ethical case management practice as outlined in the Commission's Code of Professional Conduct (the Code). 

On behalf of the Commission's Board, CCMC invites you to submit your comments related to the proposed revisions to the Code.To participate on line, please visit the Commission's website at

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CMSA Members: Save $300 on the event below when you use promo code CMSA

2nd Annual West Physician Advisor & Case Management Summit
Oct. 20-21, 2014 • San Diego, CA

This two-day Summit brings together hospitals from all over the western U.S. to share strategies on how to integrate the Physician Advisor & Directors of Case Management into their health system, overcome the challenges of difficult rules and regulations, as well as how to successfully avoid claim denials using education and clinical documentation. (May not be combined with any other offer.) For an immediate reservation, call 781-939-2400 or reserve online at

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