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P R E S I D E N T 'S L E T T E R

Case Managers Can Make a Difference

ROB WILSON/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

BY MARY MCLAUGHLIN-DAVIS, DNP, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CCM

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any times in my career, I have
felt frustrated by bureaucratic
barriers to delivering seamless
care coordination. Case managers across
the country and across the care continuum
are familiar with the seemingly nonsensical
decisions made about healthcare at all levels
of administrations and government.
Have you considered that you, as a case
manager, can make a difference in how
these decisions are made? I was fortunate
enough to be chosen to participate on the
CMSA Public Policy Committee in the past,
and I learned how influential case managers are with administrative decision makers.
Over time I participated in discussions about
the Nurse Compact Act, the TeleMed Act
and The Medicare Transitional Care Act,
among other pieces of pending legislation. I also made trips to Capitol Hill with
CMSA and have visited the offices of our
representatives.
Public policy is viewed as the standing
decision of an organization. It reflects the
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beliefs of an administration and provides
the direction and framework for the philosophy and mission of our government
agencies (Milstead, 2013). CMSA revised
the Standards of Practice in 2016, and the
Case Management Model Act this year, to
inform our government on the importance
of case management to population health.
The Case Management Model Act provides
a framework for an effective case management program, optimizing value-based purchasing through title protection, measurable
clinical outcomes and clinical integration
across the continuum with care coordination delivered by a licensed case manager.
Case managers know that relationships
are instrumental in achieving goals. Our
interdisciplinary membership has forged
relationships over the years with our legislators, and these relationships are essential to
continue to improve the lives of our patients,
clients and veterans and to ensure professional licensed case managers are providing
case management services.

It is through CMSA membership that we
exercise one voice for case management, and
we can use our knowledge, experience and
influence to inform and persuade the administrations of our employers, as well as our
government officials on all levels, of the value
of professional licensed case managers. ■
REFERENCE
Milstead, J. A. (2013). Advanced practice nurses
and public policy, naturally. Health policy and politics:
A nurse's guide, 1-27.

Mary McLaughlin-Davis, DNP, ACNS-BC,
NEA-BC, CCM
President, CMSA
2016-2018
Dr. McLaughlin-Davis is
the president of CMSA.
She has been a certified case manager since
1993; she is a clinical
nurse specialist for adult health and the
senior director for care management for
Cleveland Clinic, Avon Hospital.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018

President’s Letter
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA: Reflection on Achievement and Moving Forward in 2018
Revised Case Management Model Act Promotes National Standards
The National Nurse Act
Changes to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC): Critical Information for the Nurse Case Manager
The Reflection of a Professional Case Manager: What Do You See in Your Looking Glass?
Past Presidents Corner
Index of Advertisers
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Intro
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover1
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover2
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 3
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 4
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 5
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - President’s Letter
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Association News
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - CMSA: Reflection on Achievement and Moving Forward in 2018
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 10
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 11
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Revised Case Management Model Act Promotes National Standards
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 14
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 15
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 16
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 17
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - The National Nurse Act
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 19
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 20
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Changes to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC): Critical Information for the Nurse Case Manager
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 23
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 24
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 25
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - The Reflection of a Professional Case Manager: What Do You See in Your Looking Glass?
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Past Presidents Corner
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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