ABQAURP and CMSA Finalize Exam Item Writing for Transitions of Care and Case Management Sub-Specialty Certification

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The joint development of the Transitions of Care and Case Management Sub-Specialty certification enables health care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to coordinated care.

CMSA and ABQAURP

Reducing unnecessary, wasteful, duplicative, and potentially harmful services is essential to providing quality, accountable, and affordable health care.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) are pleased to announce that an interdisciplinary task force has completed the exam item writing process for the Transitions of Care and Case Management Sub-Specialty certification. These Sub-Specialty credentials are a component of the Board Certification Examination in Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) offered by ABQAURP.

The Case Management Society of America, the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management, promotes collaboration across the health care continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes. ABQAURP, the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals dedicated to ensuring evidence supported, value-driven, safe and cost-efficient health care, provides education for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals leading to Board Certification in Health Care Quality and Management.

In an era of accountability, Board Certification in Health Care Quality and Management demonstrates that ABQAURP Diplomates have the tools and practical knowledge that can reduce medical errors, ensure patient safety, avoid potentially harmful delays in care, and eliminate wasteful spending and unnecessary services. Professionals who achieve Board Certification in HCQM have demonstrated their commitment to a safe, efficient and effective quality-driven health care system for patients, providers, purchasers, and payers.

Transitions of care, whether between physicians, within hospital departments, or when patients are discharged, are a major challenge to health care delivery. Reducing unnecessary, wasteful, duplicative, and potentially harmful services is essential to providing quality, accountable, and affordable health care. The joint development of the Transitions of Care and Case Management Sub-Specialty certification by ABQAURP and CMSA enables health care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to coordinated care. Professionals who are Board Certified in Health Care Quality and Management with additional Sub-Specialty certification in Transitions of Care and Case Management have demonstrated their competence, skills, and commitment to breaking down the barriers between different health care settings and working collaboratively for the good of the patient.

ABQAURP is pleased to provide Case Managers and other professionals the opportunity to achieve Board Certification in Health Care Quality and Management with additional Sub-Specialty certification in Transitions of Care, complementing existing Sub-Specialty certification in Case Management, Managed Care, Patient Safety/Risk Management, and Workers’ Compensation. CMSA and ABQAURP intend to facilitate increased qualifications, competence, and authority within the field of Case Management, essential to ensuring value-driven, safe, and equitable health care for patients.

As a founding member of the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), CMSA is committed to improving transitions of care. With over 30 participating health care associations and organizations including ABQAURP, NTOCC represents industry-wide thought leaders, patient advocates, and providers dedicated to improving the quality of care coordination and communication when patients transfer from one level of care to another.

About the Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. CMSA serves more than 11,000 members, 20,000 subscribers, and 75 chapters through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and establishing standards to advance the profession. For more information, visit http://www.cmsa.org or follow CMSA on Twitter @CMSANational.

About the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP)
Established in 1977, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. is the nation’s largest organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and appropriateness of health care. ABQAURP provides education and certification for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. For more information, visit http://www.abqaurp.org or follow ABQAURP at http://www.facebook.com/ABQAURP.

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