CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2012 - (Page 22)

CMSA View from Capitol Hill New Year, New Challenges, New Hope BY MARGARET LEONARD, MS, RN-BC, FNP become accessible and affordable for all. As case managers we continue to believe that we are an integral part of the solution. Therefore, we must continue to make our voices heard. Since this is a very important election year, I implore you all to become involved. Work with your chapters and with CMSA national as they launch campaigns to get the word out that case managers want to support legislators who know, understand, and support our legislative agenda (which includes our Case Management Model Act, Multi-state Licensure, and Safe Transitions of Care). Also, register to vote! Find details at Topics/Voting/Register.shtml. If you are already involved in the process, thank you! If you want to learn more about how to get involved, please join us at our Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., April 24, 2012. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the legislative and lobbying processes from Capitol Hill experts and your case manager colleagues. You will work with mentors whose only goals are to work with you, make you comfortable with the process, see your happy faces at the end of your successful day, and have fun. The Public Policy Committee members and staff worked diligently to make this year’s conference the most affordable one yet. Many of the attendees find sponsorship for this exciting activity from their employers, their chapters, or their loved ones and some just pay their own way because they see the value the day has for them personally and for case managers as a whole. For additional information, about the Summit and CMSA’s other political activities visit or contact our “man on the hill” Ashton Randle at ■ I know I am not alone in my wishes for 2012 – world peace, inner peace, prosperity, and good health. Many feel these are also the wishes our government has for our country. Our representatives are listening and will continue to listen very closely to their constituents – YOU, the voters – as this very crucial presidential election year unfolds. This is case management’s year. Never before in our practice’s history have our voices been louder, more respected, and better heard than now. There has never been a time when the desire to make these wishes into realities were more closely aligned. Therefore, it is imperative all us become aware of the issues and have a good working knowledge of what it is we need to do to make these wonderful and necessary things happen. We are not starting from scratch. Many of you have been working with the leadership of CMSA to lay the foundation for this momentous year. Important and effective collaborations have been formed between our legislators, regulators, and the professionals who practice and teach case management. Synergy like this is needed and has been missing in the past. The need for the exchange of vital expertise between the people who make and carry out the laws and the people who are affected by these laws is paramount. Nationally, CMSA is extremely active in this exchange through its collaborations with National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) and as an active participant in committees, forums, advisory boards, and conferences. Locally, our 73 chapters are busy appointing liaisons to the CMSA Public Policy Committee and its Multi-State Licensure task force and creating their own Public Policy Committees. The year 2012 is going to be a year faced with economical and policy challenges that hold dire consequences for all of us. Whether you are working in an area of the United States that is suffering from financial hardships or have a loved one affected by the highest unemployment rate in decades, or know someone who is not getting health care because they can’t afford it or have no insurance, you know something must be done. In addition, our health care system must elevate its status among the international community and health care must 22 CMSA TODAY ISSUE 2 • 2012 • DIGITAL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2012

2012 Public Policy Summit, April 23-24
Aligning Professional Ethics with Innovation: Licensure Portability’s Predicament
Can You Hear Us Now? What’s Happening with the Multi State Licensure Task Force
The Evolving Role of Care Coordination in an Acute Care Environment: Confi rming the Appropriate Utilization of Necessary Services – Separating Tasks from Process (Part 2 of 3)

CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2012