CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2011 - (Page 6)

CMSA Executive Director’s Message HOW WE SPEAK TO YOU and for you ur new magazine, CMSA Today, in its digital and printed versions, is a new and exciting adventure for the Case Management Society of America. As the CMSA National Board members looked to define how they wanted to support not only their membership but the case management community, it was clear that providing the membership with more information about what CMSA was doing was definitely a priority. So, with that in mind, the Executive Director’s Corner will look to give members and nonmembers an overview of activities, events and projects that CMSA National is participating in that support education, awareness, performance and outcome research, or public policy initiatives. CHERI LATTIMER, RN, BSN CMSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As most case managers are aware, the focus on what we do and how we do it has become a central point of discussion in the delivery of health care and care coordination. In many cases, decisions about this process are not made through the various professional associations but within our legislative or regulatory entities. CMSA, as a major stakeholder in health care delivery, sees its focus not only as working in partnership with other health care stakeholders to ensure delivery of quality care to our patients and their family caregivers, but also ensuring that our Standards of Practice are implemented and supported for the case management community and its success. CMSA Members offer presentations throughout the year addressing issues of case management, reducing preventable readmissions, engagement and activation of patients and their caregivers, performance outcomes, comparative effectiveness research, case management standards of practice and transitions of care. Presentations in April included: Ohio Valley Conference: ● Case Management and Healthcare Reform, Cheri Lattimer, CMSA Executive Director Arkansas Transitions of Care Coalition: ● Engaging Hospitals, Professionals, and Patients to Improve the Quality of Transitional Care. Eric Coleman, M.D. ● Building the Collaborative Transition Care Team, Cheri Lattimer, CMSA Executive Director Remember that CMSA chapters can request an Ambassador Program from the National Office. The Ambassador Program brings a National Board member to your chapter meeting. The Ambassador will provide a continuingeducation presentation addressing key CMSA programs and projects, and highlight the value of membership in a professional association. You may request an Ambassador Program through the CMSA website or by contacting Michele Lee at CMSA Board members met with congressional and regulatory leaders in Washington, D.C., in April to help educate and bring greater awareness of the role and function of case managers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contains several provisions identifying case management as an appropriate intervention. Many health care organizations see case managers as the top care transition coordinators yet it is evident that scope of work, performance measures and payment incentives are not aligned to support the increased case management program requirements. CMSA chairs the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) in partnership with sanofi-aventis U.S. in addressing the gaps and barriers to safe transitions for seniors, and provides resources for professionals and consumers. O 6 CMSA TODAY Issue 1 • 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2011

CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2011
President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Message
Integrated Case Management – The Best Approach for Patients and Costs
CMs Are Legal Advocates, Too
CMSA Unveiling New Menu of Communication Options
Author Guidelines
Come and Learn

CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2011