ACMA Announces ACTS – The First Simulation Competency Program for Case Managers

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The American Case Management Association (ACMA) introduces Advanced Care Transitions Simulation (ACTS), a program that transforms orientation and professional development for case management teams including registered nurses, social workers and physician advisors.

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ACTS uniquely blends an online educator and trainee platform with multiple delivery method options, including simulation and other interactive formats.

The American Case Management Association (ACMA) introduces Advanced Care Transitions Simulation (ACTS), a program that transforms orientation and professional development for case management teams including registered nurses, social workers and physician advisors.

ACTS is a real time application of skills and knowledge taking competency beyond knowledge and into demonstration with live patient actors and authentic settings. Participants will be validating assessment, communication, planning and collaboration skills, all of which are critical for successful care transitions. Leveraging patient scenarios effective care coordination and critical thinking will be tested.

“We are very excited to bring this one-of-a-kind simulation program to the case management industry,” said Debra McElroy MPH, RN, Senior Vice President for Practice Development and Education at the ACMA. “ACTS uniquely blends an online educator and trainee platform with multiple delivery method options, including simulation and other interactive formats. While this is a staff development resource, ultimately it benefits healthcare teams, patients and families.”

Designed for both new and experienced case managers, participants will experience live patient scenarios which cross care settings and offer the opportunity to collaborate in teams and submit assessments and documentation for evaluation.

“The ACTS program provides our learners, preceptors and educators with an objective way to evaluate both individual and team performance” said Annita Paolucci, MA CCC/SLP, CCM, Case Management and Social Work/Clinical Education at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

In addition to direct participant feedback by onsite facilitators, ACMA will provide individual and organizational reports for follow-up and benchmarking opportunities.

Key benefits of ACTS include:

  • Improves case management skills
  • Enhances individual and team communication
  • Assesses planning and collaboration skills
  • Develops assessment and care transition skills of new case managers
  • Provides preceptor support and challenges experienced case managers
  • Identification of gaps and opportunities in post-acute transitions

ACTS broadens the case manager’s perspective of their skills and their longitudinal transitions. For more information, visit http://www.acmaweb.org/acts

About ACMA:
Founded in 1999, the American Case Management Association (ACMA) is the largest national, non-profit, professional membership association, which strives to provide resources, solutions and support for Case Management and Transitions of Care professionals. ACMA is comprised of more than 8,000 members nationwide, including nurses, social workers, physicians and other professionals affiliated with case management and over 30,000 educational subscribers. Through a variety of educational conferences and networking events at both the state and national level, ACMA provides its members with numerous opportunities to develop their skills, grow in their profession and learn from the experiences and practices of fellow members. For more information, visit http://www.acmaweb.org.

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