CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2013 - (Page 22)

CM Support The Case Management Foundation Bridging the Gap BY TAMARA HOEHN T oday’s case managers are working hard to carve a name and place for themselves in the landscape of valuable, necessary health care services. Many barriers currently exist to creating the most vital, valuable, and visible case management industry possible, including: undefined and underappreciated outcomes; a shortage of new, qualified professionals to whom the torch will be passed; and access to and knowledge of professional development resources that can help case managers be the best in the field. What support structures are in place to help the industry overcome these challenges? For the past five years, the Case Management Foundation (CMF) has been providing tools that make the climb easier. CMF offers unique solutions to addressing the industry’s challenges in a collaborative way and connects interested people with projects and programs that can make a difference. Established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, CMF began as the nation’s first philanthropic organization for health care case managers. Originally a place where case managers could honor or memorialize others in the field through charitable donations, the Foundation has grown over the past five years to offer programming that specifically addresses some of the industry’s most pressing challenges. CMF’s charitable status allows for grant-funded projects that can add value by providing quantifiable data. Outcome studies are desperately needed to quantify the impact that case management services have on a patient’s health. These studies are also integral in demonstrating the 22 CMSA TODAY vital importance of holistic skills such as evaluation and assessment, care coordination, and patient advocacy that case managers bring to the table. Recently, CMF completed the first of such research studies, titled Improved Medication Reconciliation and Self-Management Support for Diabetic Patients Throughout the Discharge Transition, funded by a grant from Sanofi US. This program helped provide discharge transition training for 50 case managers who worked with diabetic patients in both hospital and skilled nursing facility settings. These case managers used a portable personal health record to ensure patients, their health care providers, and their family members were adequately prepared for in their care transition or hospital discharge. The program outline and results can be found on the Foundation’s website, To ensure the maximum impact of the research study CMF is also developing programming to tackle another challenge: as a result of today’s rapidly changing health care policy, there will be a large increase in the number Issue 7 • 2013 • DIGITAL of people requiring case management services. program, CMF makes all of its synopses, study outcomes, and data available free to the industry. The Foundation is also committed to improving the access to, and knowledge of, continuing education for case management professionals. Unlike an association or other member-driven organization, CMF aims to offer unique educational sponsorships for case managers in need, regardless of their care setting or professional affiliation. To this end, CMF will be launching an expanded educational sponsorship this fall, giving case managers the opportunity to apply for a full registration to CMSA’s Integrated Case Management (ICM) training program. The program targets patients with health complexity, training case managers in assisting with interdisciplinary conditions, including medical and mental health, and with social and health system support. This intensive two-part program incorporates home study, virtual participation via webinars, as well as face-toface competency testing. The Foundation’s aim is to encourage any established case manager whose professional development may not be sponsored by their employers, or otherwise affordable, to utilize the CMF sponsorship program for their professional development. CMF is also developing programming to tackle another challenge: as a result of today’s rapidly changing health care policy, there will be a large increase in the number of people requiring case management services. This trend, combined with a decrease in the number of professionals entering case management, creates a challenge that demands an educated,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2013

The Next Generation: Case Management Today and Its Evolution into the Future
The Case Management Foundation: Bridging the Gap
The Importance of Politics in Your Professional Practice: CMSA’s Public Policy Committee

CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2013