CMSA Today - Issue 4, 2013 - (Page 16)

Career and Knowledge PathwaysSM Ready to Launch: An Update on Career and Knowledge PathwaysSM T he Career and Knowledge PathwaysSM (CKPSM) project began over three years ago with a discussion about professional case management education. The premise of CKPSM is to provide an atmosphere of Contextual Learning (CL). CL emphasizes an environment that allows the learner to incorporate a variety of experiences in order to accomplish learning goals. CL focuses on application of theory to practical work place situations, allowing participants to develop and share learning experiences within social groups. In addition, CL encourages students to share their current job experiences in order to promote cross-continuum understanding amongst colleagues. CL uses situational reflection to integrate newly acquired information into practical knowledge and skills. Over time, CL matches the results of each user’s needs assessment with available courses and other learning opportunities. WHY IS CKPSM NEEDED NOW? The mandate for accountable, efficient care coordination is essential to improving health care safety and quality. Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the health care industry has jumped on the bandwagon of care coordination with vigor. Roles and functions primarily associated with case management have been recognized in numerous governmental reports focused on health care quality, as well as having been cited as a means to enact needed improvements in the delivery of health care within the United States. However, the increased attention of PPACA has in some ways multiplied the misconceptions regarding the definition and differences between case management, care management, and care coordination. For example, there have been attempts made to divide case management’s comprehensive responsibilities into functional parts, even though the value of case 16 CMSA TODAY management lies in the comprehensive approach to working as an integral part of the health care team. The practice of professional case management is a symphony of skills, not a solo performance (Treiger, 2011). It is incumbent upon CMSA, the most widely recognized professional association dedicated to cross-continuum case management, to ensure that the fundamentals of practice are clearly communicated, understood, and implemented by clinical professionals working to coordinate consumer health care. It is important to note that there is no industry-wide consensus regarding a minimum degree requirement or formal undergraduate curriculum for case management. Individuals working in case management positions come from a variety of health care disciplines, predominantly nursing and social work. Having an authentic desire to pursue the career path is certainly a motivation for entry into case management, but other reasons exist such as work hour Issue 4 • 2013 • DIGITAL BY TERESA M. TREIGER, RN-BC, MA, CHCQM-CM/TOC, CCM convenience, accommodation of child/ parent care, and involuntary transition to case management positions. The inherent differences in educational background, formal training, and motivation of entrants into the profession provide some insight as to the variance of individual knowledge, characteristics, ability, and skill level across the ranks of practicing case managers. In addition to the above considerations, other factors influencing case management include, but are not limited to: • Expanding spectrum of practice settings • Lack of case management title protection • Position descriptions written to meet organizational needs rather than reflecting realistic job scope or meaningful qualification criteria • Competing corporate priorities • Shifting program scope and goals • Regulatory and legislative mandates • State-specific licensure requirements • Multiple, burdensome accreditation and certification requirements • Organization-specific orientation/ preparation programs These issues frequently set the educational agenda for content programming within a given organization or force a selection process based more on timing, cost, availability, and convenience rather than an individual’s desired career path, knowledge, skills or abilities.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 4, 2013

2012-2014 President's Letter
Message From CMSA's President-Elect
2011-2012 President's Letter
Association Department
Ready to Launch: An Update on Career and Knowledge Pathways
Collaborative Care Team and the Benefits of Communicating Across Disciplines
View From Capitol Hill
Case Management and the Law
Ethics Casebook
Mentoring Matters
CMSA Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers

CMSA Today - Issue 4, 2013