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P R E S I D E N T 'S L E T T E R

Standard Bearers of Patient Advocacy

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BY MARY MCLAUGHLIN-DAVIS, DNP, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CCM

Dear Colleagues,
In recent months, I have watched the dire
predictions and outcomes of the damage
and devastation of tragedies across the
U.S.: the Gulf and Caribbean hurricanes, the
California fires, the horrific shooting in Las
Vegas and the vehicular attack in New York.
As I witnessed on television the destruction and loss, I could not help but think
about how the individuals affected by these
natural disasters and violent acts will need
case managers. I am a nurse, and my case
manager colleagues are social workers, vocational specialists and respiratory therapists,
among other professions. We all are compassionate, caring and competent experts
in our fields. We are also professional case
managers, and we share among our profession the skills of assessment, planning,
evaluation and plan readjustment. We are
standard bearers of patient advocacy, and

we implement this standard when it is obvious that our patient-client, or her caretaker,
cannot speak fully for herself.
Case managers excel at way-finding, and
now more than ever our patients across the
U.S. need the assistance of brave men and
women, including those who are currently
helping them as well as the many who will
have a case manager assisting them in the
near future. Case managers are found across
the continuum, and as these two tragedies
wreak their havoc, professional case managers stand ready to help. In the first days
after these events, case managers across
the country reached out to our colleagues
in the affected areas, inquiring about their
health and stability. Case managers' calls
poured into our national headquarters asking about what could be done to help both
our case manager colleagues and their clients and patients.

"We are standard bearers of patient advocacy, and we implement this
standard when it is obvious that our patient-client, or her caretaker,
cannot speak fully for herself."
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Many of our CMSA leaders and colleagues live in the affected states; we are
holding them close in thought and prayer
at this time. I realize these events will be
behind us at the time of this printing, but
right now I cannot think about anything
else. I have so much faith in the strength
and goodness of our case management
community as they minister to all those
affected by these tragedies.
Thank you all for your compassion, courage
and steadfast calm in the face of adversity. ■
Mary McLaughlin-Davis, DNP, ACNS-BC,
NEA-BC, CCM
President, CMSA
2016-2018
Dr. McLaughlin-Davis
is the president of
CMSA. She has been a
certified case manager
since 1993; she is a
clinical nurse specialist
for adult health and the senior director
for care management for Cleveland Clinic,
Avon Hospital.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017

President’s Letter
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
Workers’ Compensation: Opening Doors for Case Managers
A Fresh Look at Case Management in Workers’ Compensation
Case Management of the Wounded Warrior through the Transition of Care
A Kaizen Approach to Case Management Documentation
Past Presidents Corner
Index of Advertisers
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Intro
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - cover1
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - cover2
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 3
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 4
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 5
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - President’s Letter
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Association News
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 8
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Workers’ Compensation: Opening Doors for Case Managers
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 11
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 12
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 13
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 14
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 15
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - A Fresh Look at Case Management in Workers’ Compensation
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 17
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 18
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 19
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 20
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Case Management of the Wounded Warrior through the Transition of Care
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CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 23
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - A Kaizen Approach to Case Management Documentation
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CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 26
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 27
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Past Presidents Corner
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - 29
CMSA Today - Issue 8, 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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