CMSA'S Pulse eNewsletter

CareerSmart Learning
University of Chicago Medical Center
Special Announcement
Happy New Year from all of us at CMSA! For many of us, a new year symbolizes a fresh start and an opportunity for growth within ourselves – whether personally or professionally – as well as in our relationships with others. 

In 2015, our New Year's resolution is to continue to provide valuable resources to our members and community, who enable case managers to do their jobs more efficiently, effectively and competitively, and to further guide you in discovering the resources and tools to empower, engage and advance your career and goals as a case management professional. 

What are your resolutions this year? 

Access resources that will enable you to reach your goals for the year through CMSA. Read more below!

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We’ve rung in the New Year, but the facts on medication adherence remain: The World Health Organization (WHO) defines challenges related to adherence as one of the primary reasons for readmissions and emergency room visits.

Effectiveness in treatment and medication adherence is considered a key skill for case managers and care coordinators, as nonadherence has significant impacts on clinical, financial and patient outcomes.

Click the Learn More link below to see if your adherence knowledge is due for a New Year refresh, and read more about this important subject in this month's issue of CMSA Today!

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Featured Events

Wednesday, Jan. 28

11 a.m. CST

CMSA is proud to welcome Lorelei Schieferdecker as she presents this 1-hour CE Session about Health Literacy on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Pacific; 10 a.m. Mountain; 12 p.m. Eastern).


1. Understand health literacy.

2. Understand the importance of health literacy for health insurance enrollees.

3. Provide online resources and access to educational materials.

Lorelei Schieferdecker is a Health Insurance Specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Kansas City Regional Office. She works with the Regional External affairs team in the local planning and delivery of CMS messages to a grassroots network of partners responsible for communicating CMS information and initiatives through outreach activities. Some of those initiatives include the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Open Enrollment, Coordination of Benefits and Veteran Outreach. The regional external affairs team possesses expertise in partnership development and management, media relations and support with all CMS initiatives.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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American Sentinel University
CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Nielsen Healthcare Group
Member Announcements
The CMSA awards program was established to pay special tribute to those individuals or organizations that have demonstrated distinguished service to the case management profession or association management.

Each year, several individuals, chapters and organizations are recognized at CMSA’s Annual Conference. Those awards include:

• Case Manager of the Year (CMOY) – Deadline: Feb. 14

• Award of Service Excellence (AOSE) – Deadline: Feb. 14

• Chapter Excellence and Innovation Awards (CEIA) – Deadline: Feb. 14 **New: Award of Excellence for Chapter Revitalization

• Case Management Research Award (CMRA) – Deadline: March 15

• Case Management Practice Improvement Award (CMPI) – Deadline: March 15

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Featured Article

Pat Stricker, RN, MEd, Senior Vice President,

TCS Healthcare Technologies

The New
Year always generates a multitude of articles and blogs discussing health care trends and predictions for the coming year, so I thought I would contribute mine also. Throughout 2014, population health management, value-based purchasing and other advancements in health information systems accelerated the pace of change. As health content moves to mobile devices and the availability of internet-enabled care, case managers and patients are poised to benefit from
the rise of the ePatient in 2015.

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CCMC (Comm. For CM Cert.)
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Articles and Links
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner last month announced new rules that strengthen oversight of Medicare providers and protect taxpayer dollars from bad actors. These new safeguards are designed to prevent physicians and other providers with unpaid debt from re-entering Medicare, remove providers with patterns or practices of abusive billing, and implement other provisions to help save more than $327 million annually.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are putting in place resources to provide tax filers with the information and resources they need to get their questions answered.

Millions of Americans who get their health insurance through work are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, and millions of others have signed up for the Health Insurance Marketplaces and received financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.

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

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Industry Events
Join CMSA for an epic celebration in June 2015, as case managers from around the globe descend upon Orlando to celebrate 25 years of case management growth and advancement as an essential health care practice.

CMSA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo will take you on a transformative journey of education and inspiration, empowering you to craft your most evolved case management practice. Your experience during the event’s educational sessions, symposia, forums and renowned expo will enable you to break down organizational silos, build energetic, interdisciplinary teams, and use the power of storytelling as tools for more effective patient engagement.

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