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CMSA View from Capitol Hill Secure Your Seat At the Table • Authorized scope of services • Payment of services • Training requirements • Quality management programs • Antifraud and consumer protections PEGGY LEONARD, MS, RN-BC, FNP elcome to the inaugural edition of CMSA Today’s Legislative Column, “View from Capitol Hill.” By now, most of you have heard me quip that if case managers do not have a “seat at the table,” we will find ourselves on the menu. As chair of the Public Policy Committee, I invite you to consider this column your seat at the table for CMSA’s legislative agenda. Today, our organization and its members are taking seats at some of the most influential tables among many of this century’s greatest movers and shakers. Case managers are invited as experts in our fields to tables hosted by: • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) • The National Quality Forum (NQF) • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) And that’s to name just a few. Establishing a CMSA Government Affairs Department in Washington, D.C., headed by Ashton Randle, has contributed significantly to CMSA’s visibility on Capitol Hill. CMSA members have become increasingly involved in legislative activities led by our Public Policy Committee (PPC). This committee is coordinating special events such as our CMSA Public Policy Summit, held in Washington in April, and educational sessions at CMSA’s Annual Conferences, as well as by holding webinars addressing our Case Management Model Act, which sets forth important standards for case management services with key provisions covering: • Staff qualifications • Case management functions W In the case of multistate licensure, CMSA encourages case managers and case manager employers to work aggressively with state boards of nursing to encourage entry and compliance with the Nurse Licensure Compact so that multistate nursing licensure might continue appropriately and cost-effectively. In 2010, CMSA published a revision to standards of practice for case management that contain definitions, practice settings, roles, functions, activities, case management process, philosophy and guiding principles, and how standards are demonstrated. And as for our grassroots activities, your Association supports expansion of CMSA’s Legislative Liaison Network and increasing the number of local chapter public policy committees. To learn more about each of these campaigns and how you can get involved, please contact me or Ashton Randle at, and visit the CMSA website, at In addition to these PPC efforts, CMSA, through Executive Director Cheri Lattimer’s leadership, coordinates one of the most influential collaboratives of our time – the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC). NTOCC has more than 30 participating associations and organizations addressing the critical issues surrounding transitions of care. These groups represent over 200,000 health care professionals, 11,000 employers, and 30 million consumers throughout the country (see CMSA’s PPC is here to support the practice of case management and all case managers. Together, we can make a difference. While we champion our efforts to ensure that our patients have access to quality, cost-effective care, let’s not forget to support one another and to make time for ourselves and our families, because perhaps the most important table to have a seat at is our own dinner table. Thank you, and remember to stay involved and be a partner in your own health care. It is the only way we are going to make a difference. ■ About the Author Margaret (Peggy) Leonard is CMSA’s Public Policy Committee Chair and Senior Vice President for Clinical Services at Hudson HealthPlan. Issue 2 • 2011 CMSA TODAY 41

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2011

CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2011
Table of Contents
Outgoing President’s Letter
Incoming President’s Letter
How Care Coordination Affects You
Demonstrating Case Management’s Value to Hospitals’ Bottom Line
Making the Case for Evidence-Based Case Management Practice and Programs
Association News
Ask the Expert
Facility Profile
View From Capitol Hill
Case Management and the Law
Ethics Casebook
Mentoring Matters
Index of Advertisers

CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2011