CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015 - (Page 17)

Certification Certification Advancing the Practice of Case Management BY JANET COULTER RN, MSN, MS, CCM; KATHLEEN FRASER RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN; and TINA KOWLSEN RN, BS, MBA, CCM C ase managers hold leading roles in the transformation of the health care industry. Practicing at every level of care and in every setting, case managers demonstrate high levels of knowledge, skills, and expertise. "The professional case management role had its roots in the disability management industry, but has become established as an advanced practice profession over the last several decades across all continuums of care" (Brubakken, K., Grant, S., Johnson, M.K., & Kollauf, C., 2011). Early case management literature concentrated on defining the roles, responsibilities, standards of practice, and models of case managers. Case manager roles were considerably ambiguous with much conflict because of insufficient training, education, and certification. The cross-functional designation of case managers throughout the full range of health care systems requires advanced practice, ongoing education, and appropriate certification. The weakest link of the case management industry today appears to be the lack of case managers with certification and advanced practice skills. It is essential to identify a clear career pathway for case managers in our changing health care industry, including a practice framework for the certification and development of case managers to fill leadership roles in the new medical and payment models now and for the future. The work of CMSA is helping to accomplish these aims, from the Standards of Practice for Case Management, to the Case Management Model Act, to their newest resource - the .e4 strategy [], where guidelines and criteria are finally being illustrated with certification continuing to be the common denominator for excellence. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, experience, and skill to meet the challenges of case management and indicates specialized knowledge based on extensive preparation with ongoing education and development. Case managers who are certified by a nationally accredited board for certification must maintain high standards of ethics, Issue 2 * 2015 CMSA TODAY 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015

President’s Letter
Association News
Cmsa Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers
Divergent Expectations
Realizing the Broad-Reaching Benefits of Board Certification
Certification by the Numbers

CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015