CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2013 - (Page 6)

President’s Letter The Wonderful Side of Transitions “I’ve always believed there are moments in our lives which can be defined as a transition between the before and after, between the cause and the effect.” — Benjamin X. Wretlind I was recently working in my garden with my great-granddaughter, Ryleigh, who is a very inquisitive three year old. As she was helping me pick “flowers” – her term for pulling weeds – she noticed a caterpillar. She expressed a sincere desire to “squish the nasty worm.” We then sat down to have a discussion regarding the importance of all living things and the need to protect and respect the creatures of the earth. I also told her the story of how caterpillars become beautiful butterflies that fly through the world “kissing” flowers. I may have explained it too well because now the “nasty worm” had transitioned into a “worm princess ” waiting for the magic moment that would turn it into a beautiful butterfly. Ryleigh built a home for the “pillar” and we placed it on the low branch of a nearby tree. Now, we wait for the miracle to occur and for the butterfly to emerge and grace our garden. Through the eyes of a child, I am reminded that the challenges of today – including all of the “nasty worms” in our lives – can someday transition into something wonderful that brightens our days. Some may think I am reading too much into this common story of a child learning that value is in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, I truly believe that these small lessons become the framework for our lives, and the moments that make us smile grow into Through the eyes of a child, I am reminded that the challenges of today – including all of the “nasty worms” in our lives – can someday transition into something wonderful that brightens our days. 6 CMSA TODAY Issue 5 • 2013 • DIGITAL BY NANCY SKINNER, RN-BC, CCM the memories we subsequently cherish. While this issue of CMSA Today is dedicated to a discussion of transitions – including the many transitions our patients experience – my thoughts are focused more on the many transitions that case managers experience as they seek to assist their patients in navigating the paths and systems associated with health care delivery in America. I believe the profession of case management and the practice of care coordination are at a tipping point. Before, we were focused on attending to a specific need for medical intervention or a siloed episode of care. Today, we are engaged in a process that embraces health management, as well as the delivery of care and services across each transition of care and through the entire health care continuum. Whether our profession will take the road most familiar to us, or a more foreign path, is not clear. Unfortunately, it cannot be predicted how the roles and functions of case management may evolve over time simply based on patient need and availability of services. One thing that must remain unaltered is our commitment to maintaining CMSA’s Standards of Practice, which define the overarching guidelines for the profession of case management as well as the practice of care coordination. These Standards present a comprehensive view of an accountable and responsible practice for case management through each practice setting. Today, those Standards detail the essential components of the case management process that include: 1. Client identification and selection 2. Assessment and problem/opportunity identification http://www.bxwretlind.com http://www.naylornetwork.com/cms-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2013

The Wonderful Side of Transitions
Working to Improve Transitions of Care
CMSA & Public Policy
Association News
CMSA’s 23rd Annual Conference & Expo
CMSA Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers

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