CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2012 - (Page 14)

TODAY AND TOMORROW Case Management Foundation Focusing on the Profession of Case Management for Today and Tomorrow BY TAMARA HOEHN “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson T here are many different paths to becoming a case manager, and a diverse culture exists in an industry that includes nurses, social workers, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals. With all the variation that case management encompasses, where do these paths come together? As the Case Management Foundation (CMF) is discovering, there are some common threads that tie the concerns of case managers together, such as demonstration of effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability. CMF is in a unique position to answer the call for industry-wide solutions to these industry-wide problems. The Foundation’s main goal is to use its status as the case management industry’s first philanthropic organization to develop projects geared toward what case managers need today, and what they will need tomorrow as rapidly changing health care policy continues to pose new challenges for the industry. While CMF is still a new organization, it has already begun addressing this need. The Foundation recently sought and was awarded a grant from Sanofi U.S. to help provide discharge transition training for 50 case managers in the Planetree Hospital Network. During the 12-month program, the patients will utilize a portable personal health record embedded with patient-driven information to ensure patients, their health care providers, and their family members are adequately prepared for their care transition. The project also includes several outcome evaluations that will demonstrate patient confidence in managing their disease, as well as the impact of case management interventions on hospital readmission rates. All of the data will be published and study information will be free to the industry. Scalability is another current concern of case managers. man ers. As nearly 76 million baby boomers enter or near retirement age, the number The desire of case managers to join together for the common good initially inspired the formation of CMF. Following the death of case management mentor and visionary Mary Gambosh in 2007, many case managers were inspired to give back to their community. The Foundation began as a charitable vehicle to accept memorial or honorary donations from and for people in the field. “Mary Gambosh’s passion for mentoring and guiding case managers was central to creating the mission of the Foundation,” says Jeff Frater, former CMF President. “Her vision inspired CMF to make the nurturing of new case managers one of its primary goals.” Those goals have grown since the Foundation was founded in 2009. Current Foundation President, Teri Treiger, remarked, “As CMF has had more opportunities to meet and speak with case managers in the field, our goals have expanded to include current issues important to the industry. As a public charity, CMF has the ability to focus on those areas that might otherwise be left behind.” One of the most common requests the Foundation encounters is for effectiveness studies, or studies that demonstrate, in a quantifiable way, that case managers make a difference in patient outcomes, care quality, and cost savings. Cris Walter, CMF Board Director, agrees that industry-wide outcomes studies are a critical need CMF can help address. “One of the biggest gaps in case management today is the ongoing lack of outcomes data that is publically available. Although we are getting better as an industry, our worth as case managers needs to be calculated and measured.” 14 CMSA TODAY Issue 7 • 2012 • DIGITAL http://www.cmsa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2012

President's Letter
Case Management Adherence Guide 2012
Case Management Foundation: Focusing on the Profession of Case Management for Today and Tomorrow
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers

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