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It’s Right Around the Corner, so Get Ready to Celebrate

Posted Aug 16 2010 12:00am

The 17 year old, Case Management Society of America (CMSA), has announced the celebration of National Case Management Week.  This special week-long event seeks to unify case management professionals, educate the public about case management, and increase awareness and recognition of the significant contributions case managers make the quality healthcare for patients, healthcare providers, and payers.  This week is celebrated nationally during the second full week of October each year.

CMSA is an international organization of case managers and healthcare professionals, committed to promoting the growth and value of case management, and to support the evolving needs of the case management professional.  Founded in 1990, CMSA now has over 11,000 members and over 70 affiliated and pending chapters. I am one such member and proud to be a part of the Little Rock Chapter.

For those who are unfamiliar, Case Management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individuals heath needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes.  My case management practice is primarily associated with workers compensation clients.  Injured workers need prompt assistance in finding the appropriate healthcare provider who will diagnose them quickly and provide the treatment plan to help get them back on their feet and productive again.  My job is to first assess the situation which includes not only the injury itself, but also the claimant’s situation at home, emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, etc.  The next step involves locating the provider, arranging the appointments; all while educating those involved.  The plan is ever changing as the situation changes.  I am advocating for my patients to help them get their needs met all the while working to save the insurance carrier money by preventing unnecessary testing, negotiating reduced rates for services, limiting loss time wages, and eliminating waste.

Establishing a nationally recognized Case Management Week is vitally important as the field of case management becomes an increasingly recognized as a strategy of great significance across the continuum of care.  Not only does case management support patients and their families in navigating the healthcare system, it decreases the fragmentation of services, encourages health team communication, and contributes significantly to patient safety, quality of life, and cost-effective management of limited resources.  It should be recognized by the healthcare industry as a crucial element of giving.

If you wish to learn more about Case Management or CMSA, contact Cheri Lattimer, Executive Director or visit .  The association headquarters are located right here in Arkansas at 6301 Ranch Drive, Little Rock, AR 72223.  501-225-2229

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