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President's Letter Case Management: Epic Transformations! BY KATHLEEN FRASER, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN W elcome to our annual conference edition of CMSA Today! Our topic this month is health care community engagement and collaboration. Isn't that what we do every day of our working life? Case managers are the best skilled at integrating all aspects of care within the health care continuum, yet we often fall into what is most comfortable to us depending on our primary background, which usually results in the formation of silos. We need to openly discuss the silos that still exist and share stories of how we have overcome these barriers to achieve true integrated case management - engaging, educating, and activating all facets within the health care community. I believe this is absolutely something we can do as case managers and with CMSA. In order to achieve a high-performance health system that is organized to attain better health, better care, and lower costs, the behavioral health needs of patients and their families must be met with as much ingenuity, quality, and precision as other conditions. Linking community assets, case management, and social work is vitally important to the most vulnerable populations, those suffering from disabilities and those suffering from multiple chronic conditions. Additionally, coordination of care, managing multi-disciplinary teams, and achieving better transitions of care are the pillars of effective case management. We provide expertise and clarity to complex medical issues, including identifying obstacles to the delivery of quality facilitation, prompt quality health care treatment, and coordination of resources. Please join us at CMSA's 25th Annual Conference & Expo, June 23-26, in Orlando, Fla., themed The Epic Transformation. I promise attendance at this conference will help you develop new and important cross-disciplinary skills, which will allow you to alter the health trajectory of some of the neediest patients in health systems throughout the continuum and all settings of care. These tools will help to augment the skills case managers like you already practice. You will find practical, visualized approaches to risk and needs management, including decision support and outcomes management to successfully utilize in your workplace. If you are receiving this issue at the conference, I am so thrilled you made the choice to join us! Once you attend one national conference, you will become addicted and have to attend more. This year's conference includes an exciting lineup of speakers who will bring you up to speed on the current case management landscape and engage you in discussions identifying best practices within and across disciplines. As a member or prospective member of CMSA - a multidisciplinary organization - you are never alone. We bring to you the most timely and relevant issues that pertain to case management today! I would recommend attendance to every case manager for the excellent educational and networking opportunities. Lou Holtz stated, "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." Let CMSA help you with that heavy load you carry! ■ Kathleen Fraser MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN President CMSA National Board of Directors 2014-2016 Kathleen Fraser is the president of CMSA National, and a past president of Houston/ Gulf Coast CMSA Chapter. She has over 35 years of nursing experience, and over 21 years of case management experience with 20 years of it in workers' compensation. Fraser has worked in acute hospital, long-term care, and insurance managed care. She can be reached at kathleen.fraser@zurichna.com. Issue 4 * 2015 CMSA TODAY 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 4, 2015

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
ASSOCIATION NEWS
CMSA CONFERENCE PARTNERS
CMSA CORPORATE PARTNERS
Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Mainstream Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Integrated Care Model
The Importance of Collaboration
Adult and Pediatric Integrated Case Management
Corporate Collaboration
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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