January 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Happy New Year 2017!! Greeting from the Chicago Chapter of CMSA. As chapter president, I would like to extend a happiest of New Year greetings to you and yours. May 2017 be personally and professionally fruitful.

At CMSA Chicago, we invite case management professionals and our referral source partners to join us in membership. Member referrals are the best source for adding to our growing professional organization.

Our Membership Secretary, Colleen Morley, is working on new initiatives to grow and support our membership. Watch your emails for upcoming information on how you can be involved. Eric Bergman, our current President Elect, will be in contact to keep us updated on our upcoming conferences.

Your Chicago board has listened and heard you- our membership is asking for weekend programs and other venues to receive educational and networking opportunities focused in case management.

Please see inside this newsletter for information on our upcoming weekend event on 1/21/17 and of course, our fabulous Annual Conference on 4/27/17.

The Case Management Society of America is the leading voice for case manager professionals along the circle of care continuum. Here at CMSA Chicago, we see case management and the case manager as a major partner as advocate in the care continuum focused delivery team for the client/patient. What ever your expertise and particular focus, look to the CMSA as your professional organization and industry leader.
All the best to you in 2017, please join us this year!
Mary Jo Cronin RN-BC, MSN, OCN

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President's Report

It is clear, from the perspective of the chapter leader in charge of our monthly dinner events, that while our members continue to find value in and attend our events in large numbers, the pool of sponsors is constricting, and the money available for such events is also shrinking. Additionally, it seems apparent that fewer employers are providing significant support to Case Managers for membership in professional organizations and attendance at conferences and events aimed at providing professional growth and development. Finally, I think we all can ;recognize the growing pressure on individual schedules which limits the amount of time we have to spend on extracurricular activity. In short, we are competing for attention and support in an environment that requires us to be focused on value and innovation.

As President Elect, it is my goal to grow and expand our chapter. I want us to be a leading chapter in the national organization and provide significant value to our members. In the past 18 months, we have completely redesigned our website and improved the ways we register for our monthly dinner meetings. We are now able to maintain a strong database of all records associated with our meetings and educational events. Behind the scenes, I have been working to get all our chapter records in digital form, stored together in an organized and secure environment, so that as our board grows and changes our records and data remain accessible to the leadership of the organization.

We have had significant success with our monthly meetings, with strong attendance and positive reviews of our topics. We have moved to digital evaluations and CE delivery which has allowed us to provide additional value to our sponsors by providing the opportunity to ask a few targeted questions on the evaluations.

We have also been asking a few general questions about what our members want from our organization, and how we can best serve their needs. Using this information we have decided, among other things, to offer a Saturday event. See the related story elsewhere in this newsletter or click here to check our events pages on our website.

One of my so far unrealized goals is to create and support a brainstorming subcommittee that will include members as will as leadership from our board. I remain committed to getting this effort moving and have the support of Jeff Crofoot on the board who has agreed to chair the subcommittee. The most important job of the brainstorming committee will be to evaluate the value we are providing to our members and recommend ways to improve that value.

For example, we need to find ways to reach out to and energized many more case managers who can join our ranks and help us to protect and improve our professional work. We also have many members who are not case managers, but work in businesses and fields that provide services and support to case managers and our patients. It is important to include these leaders in discussing and forming our plans.

As we move forward with our plans to improve, grow and energize our chapter we will keep the mission of the CMSA at the core of our project. “The Case Management Society of America is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy, and providing evidence-based tools and resources."

Care managers are advocates who help patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it and why those treatments are important. In this way, care managers are catalysts by guiding patients and providing cohesion to other

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National Recap

2016 CMF Certification Scholarship Recipients & Holiday Giving

Through the support of the Case Management Society of America and all of our generous donors, the Case Management Foundation (CMF) is able to provide awards, grants and scholarships that provide education, research and professional development to the case management community.

CMF is excited to announce the 2016 Certification Scholarship recipients! Congratulations to Rose Marie Conos, Kharen Johnson, Yvette RuDenski, Jessica Souza, Laura Talbott, LaTasha Ursin and Alisha Wilson.

Now through January 6th, the president of the board of directors of CMF and the executive director of CMSA are teaming up to match donations to CMF, up to $4,000. Learn more about CMF and donate today at the link below!
Learn More & Donate

Register for CMSA's 27th Annual Conference & Expo in Austin

How does lunch at LBJ Library sound? Or perhaps a day making jewelry at Kendra Scott, shopping and
dining in downtown Austin?

Register for CMSA's Annual Conference & Expo by December 31 and you'll have a chance to win entry to one of our destination events!
Read more and register today!

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News You Can Use

Pokemon Go benefits fade after 6 weeks, study says

Pokemon Go players walked an average of 955 extra steps per day during the first week of the game, but by week six they logged no more steps than they did before they began, Harvard University researchers reported in The BMJ. Researcher Katherine Howe said despite the study data, reality games have the potential to increase physical activity and well-being by giving people a reason to go outside, walk and socialize.

Study: Helping patients meet basic needs may improve health 

Primary care patients with unmet basic needs who participated in the Health Leads program, which helped them access food banks and other assistance, had modest improvements in blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol after two years, compared with patients who were not disadvantaged, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. An accompanying editorial said more work must be done to connect people with resources because just over half of patients with unmet needs enrolled in the program and only 58% of participants had their problems resolved.

GAO audit: Key data lacking on CMS' Nursing Home Compare website 

The CMS' Nursing Home Compare website aims to help in researching and selecting a nursing home, but the rating system lacks consumer satisfaction survey scores and other vital information, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office. The agency recommends adding information that would allow comparison of nursing homes nationally, creating a systematic process to review possible website improvements and considering the addition of consumer satisfaction data to the five-star system.

Study: Beta blockers may raise risks for patients with dementia 

Giving beta blockers to nursing home residents with dementia was associated with a lower risk of death but was linked to a 34% higher likelihood that these patients would not be able to perform functions of daily life independently, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cardiologist Kevin Marzo, M.D., commented that beta blockers may have risks for certain patient populations and their use should be assessed on an individual basis.

CDC finds low overall flu vaccination rate this season 

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U.S. healthcare spending skyrockets to $10K per person by Ilene MacDonald


The rising cost of private health insurance, hospital care, physician and clinical services, and prescription drugs are a few reasons that in 2015 healthcare spending in the United States grew at a rate of 5.8% and reached $3.2 trillion.

Those figures equate to $9,990 per person, according to a new report from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and published by Health Affairs. The main drivers of the growth are increased use of services as millions of previously uninsured people gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act and increased spending for retail prescription drugs.

Indeed, spending on prescription drugs increased 9% in 2015. Although this is lower than the 12.4% growth in 2014, CMS noted it is significantly higher compared to 2.3% growth in 2013. On a per-enrollee basis, overall spending increased by 4.5% for private health insurance, 1.7% for Medicare and 3.8% for Medicaid. Following the implementation of the healthcare reform law, 9.7 million individuals gained private health insurance coverage and 10.3 million more people enrolled in Medicaid coverage, according to the report.

"Our significant progress in reducing the nation's uninsured rate, while providing strong protections for Americans if they get sick, would not be possible without the Affordable Care Act," said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in the announcement of the findings. "As millions more Americans have obtained health insurance, per-person cost growth remains at historically modest levels."

Despite the significant changes in health coverage in 2014 and 2015, analysts predict health spending will increase in the next decade due to the aging of the population, changing economic conditions and faster medical price growth.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Growth in expenditures for hospital care increased from 4.6% in 2014 to 5.6% in 2015, reaching $1 trillion.

  • Physician and clinical services also rose from 4.8% in 2014 to 6.3% in 2015, with total expenditures reaching slightly less than $635 billion—or 20% of overall health spending.

  • Total per-enrollee private health insurance spending increased by 4.5% in 2015, compared to average growth in per-enrollee spending of 7.4% during 2000-2009.

  • Medicare spending, which represented 20% of national total healthcare spending in 2015, grew 4.5% to $646.2 billion, slightly slower than the 4.8% growth in 2014. Medicare prescription drug spending had an 11% increase in 2015 following a 14.5% increase in 2014.

  • Medicaid spending, which totaled $545.1 billion, accounted for 17% of total spending on healthcare.

  • Out-of-pocket spending reached $338.1 billion. This figure includes direct consumer payments such


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Round Up

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