The Case Management Society of America, its national board and public policy committee and about 60 case manager CMSA members came together on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10 to address the value that professional certified case managers bring to improving care coordination and transitions of care with patients and their family caregivers.
We are committed to ensuring that members of Congress know who we are and the value we bring, not only in D.C. but also at the state level where our case managers practice, Patricia Noonan, MBA, RN, CCM, chairwoman of CMSAs Public Policy Committee, said in a press release. Each year it is exciting to see the passion and commitment case managers bring as they share their stories. During the visit, case managers met with their representatives from the House and Senate concerning their advocacy for legislative issues such as increased use of qualified professional case managers; safer transitions of care for patients, advanced training and competency for case management professionals; and aligned financial and performance measures in support of the collaborative practice of case management.
The societys leadership had the opportunity to engage with members of the Health Resources and Services Administration) and policy directors at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, to share the same message.
Our continued presence in D.C. encourages the development of provisions supporting case management, care management and care coordination, while continuing to demonstrate the value of case management by clarifying the significance of case managers in improving care coordination workflow and processes, Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CCRN, CMSA president, said in the release. Bringing this message to Washington and safeguarding the practice of case management is the most important role we can take to support our members,
CMSAs virtual community also participated via Hill Day-related updates on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, garnering more than 2,700 views and initiating more than 150 actions including shares and retweets. The CMSA invites encourages case managers to participate year-round by sending letters and sharing stories of how professional case managers improve care for their patients and family caregivers to state representatives.
For more information visit, www.cmsa.org/policymakers.