CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2013 - (Page 20)

CMSA View from Capitol Hill Politics and Policy in Our Ever-Changing World C ase managers have seen and will continue to see many health care changes affecting their professional practice. In my own practice, advances in medicine and technology have been astounding. I have seen the Jaws of Life, increased technology/robotics, innovations in transplantation, and many new medications – most of which have names I can barely pronounce – saving and extending the lives of many and giving me pause for reflection. Technology has also changed politics and policy, which affects everything we do as licensed professionals. I never thought those Civics classes I took in high school would be valuable, but my career has been molded by those lessons. The definition of politics is: “The process of decision-making in groups to influence the allocation of scarce resources” (Wordiq). And, the definition of policy is: “A standing plan that establishes general guidelines for decision-making” (Stoner). We are all politically active by virtue of carrying a license or paying taxes. Technology can save you time by allowing you to go online for license and certification renewals, take continuing education courses, seek protocols via your organization’s Intranet, and use the Internet and search engines to expand your knowledge. It also makes it easy to locate your legislators and to follow the paths of legislation! CMSA’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) urges you to contact your federal and state legislators via the technologies you have available to you. Let them know you are a constituent and a case manager, and are available to assist them with any health care questions. Include your name, address and home/ cell phone numbers for them to contact you. If every CM sent six emails to their representatives (two Senators and one Representative in both levels of government) and repeated it every month, imagine the power of case management which could stem from this grassroots activity! It is so easy and BY CAROL A. GLEASON, MM, RN, CRRN, CCM, LRC, BCPC CHAIR, CMSA PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE truly makes a difference. Your Legislators want to hear from you and it is great when they respond to you. Another opportunity to get involved is the PPC Annual Educational Summit. Join the CMSA Board of Directors and the PPC at this event in Washington, D.C. on October 29-30, 2013. We have scheduled the event in the fall this year in hopes that members from all CMSA chapters can attend. We will host a webinar prior to the Summit and will provide hands-on practice before our actual visits on Capitol Hill. It is our wish after the event that chapter representatives return and share the experience with their membership. In this way, everyone can learn how enjoyable, easy and significant it is to become politically active! Multi-state licensure is another issue CMSA’s PPC is focused on at this time. Sending patients or clients home from a hospital, rehabilitation center, doctor’s office, clinic or where ever you practice usually involves education about new medications, follow-up appointments and question clarification for a smooth transition after their care. Often times, nurse CMs are asked to impart nursing knowledge and advice over the phone or via email. It is important to remember that you can only practice nursing in your state of licensure, unless you have a license allowing you to practice within the 24 states that have joined the MSL Compact. We invite all members to join in our conversations and efforts to make MSL a national reality. With the continued on page 28 20 CMSA TODAY Issue 6 • 2013 • DIGITAL

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Are You Helping Pave Technology's Path?
Health IT and Vulnerable Populations: Barriers and Opportunities

CMSA Today - Issue 6, 2013