Case Management Society of America Celebrates National Case Management Week

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Events scheduled during the week of October 10-16, 2010 help celebrate “the critical connection” case managers provide within the health care system.

National Case Management Week -- October 10-16, 2010

National Case Management Week recognizes the contributions to health care made by case managers and helps to educate consumers about the significant work case managers perform.

As Americans seek to put a human face to health care reform laws that, to many, seem like a confusing array of new regulations, CMSA is working to increase the awareness of patients, providers, payors, and the public about the essential care-giving roles that case managers play.

Efforts to do so include events such as National Case Management Week, scheduled annually for the second full week in October. The observation is a time when CMSA, its members, and other organizations work to honor, celebrate, and increase appreciation for the job case managers do in the health care community.

“National Case Management Week recognizes the contributions to health care made by case managers and helps to educate consumers about the significant work case managers perform,” said CMSA 2010 - 2011 President, Teri Treiger, RN-C, MA, CCM, CCP. “As practitioners of case management, we have so many things to celebrate. It is an exciting time for CMSA, as we are sought out by other health care organizations to represent the interests of professional case management. CMSA’s influence expands in relation to the increasingly important profile of case management in health care today. I hope all case managers pause to acknowledge the strides we are making and to rededicate themselves to providing our patients and caregivers with the guidance and support they so desperately need during times of health crisis.”

Some of the organizations with which CMSA has a collaborative relationship include the following:

-- National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)
-- National Quality Forum (NQF) advisory panels
-- URAC’s Board of Directors and Taskforce for Patient-centered Primary Care Home program
-- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International Advisory Panel
-- Summit for Standards and Accreditation for Health and Wellness Coaches
-- Hospital Care Collaborative
-- Case Management Foundation (CMF)

Emphasizing this year’s theme, “One Passion … One Goal … Many Talents: Case Management is the Critical Connection to Optimal Health Care,” CMSA designed a colorful word collage highlighting terms meaningful to case managers who act as advocates helping patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it, and why those treatments are important. Included are words such as, “Quality, Negotiate, Solution, Caregiver, Passion, Dedicated,” and others.

CMSA works to help people understand that a case manager’s involvement is instrumental in providing quality health care to patients nationwide. One of CMSA’s goals is to educate people so that everyone in the U.S. understands what a case manager is and where to go to enlist their services. It is important to realize that case managers can be nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, occupational therapists, and professionals from a variety of settings, including government agencies, long-term care facilities, insurance and health maintenance organizations, nonprofits, rehabilitation facilities and other settings.

Case managers devote hours of time, expertise, and dedication to supporting individuals, family members and caregivers who seek their help and intervention. In turn, CMSA helps support case managers with a variety of tools and resources, including its newly revised Standards of Practice for Case Management (http://www.cmsa.org/SOP), its Case Management Model Act (http://www.cmsa.org/PolicyMakers), as well as CMSA’s Annual Conference and Expo. As the health care industry continues to grow in complexity, CMSA is committed to advancing case managers’ profession, emphasizing professional standards, integrity and quality care.

In honor of CM Week, case managers are encouraged to wear the “CM Week Recognition Lapel Pin,” available at http://www.cmsa.org/CMWeek, as well as to ask their employers and colleagues to join in the national celebration of case management by creating positive events recognizing case managers and the case management industry, from theme parties, company events, and luncheons, to prize drawings that include CM Week promotional products.

About Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is an international non-profit 501(c)(6) multi-disciplinary professional association dedicated to the support and advancement of the case management profession through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, and establishing standards to advance the profession. It is based in Little Rock, Ark., and serves more than 20,000 members/subscribers and over 70 affiliate and pending chapters. Since its inception, CMSA has been at the forefront of setting professional standards for the industry, which allows for the highest level of efficiency and integrity, as well as developing national and local leaders who are recognized for their practice and professional excellence. For more information on CMSA, call (501) 225-2229 or go to http://www.cmsa.org.

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