Happy National Case Management Week!

Congratulations to all Case Managers within the Healthcare Profession. On behalf of National CMSA and our Atlanta Chapter we acknowledge and state thank you to each individual Case Manager for your professionalism, expertise, dedication and commitment to your role as a Case Manager. Beginning Sunday, October 14th this year National Case Management Week will be celebrated both nationally and locally. We are very privileged to have a Proclamation signed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recognizing this week in the State of Georgia.

The  definition and philosophy of Case Management noted by CMSA is that “it is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.  The underlying premise of case management is based in the fact that when an individual reaches the optimum level of wellness and functional capability, everyone benefits: the individuals being served, their support systems, the health care delivery systems and the various reimbursement sources.

Case management serves as a means for achieving client wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identification of service resources and service facilitation. The case manager helps identify appropriate providers and facilities throughout the continuum of services, while ensuring that available resources are being used in a timely and cost-effective manner in order to obtain optimum value for both the client and the reimbursement source. Case management services are best offered in a climate that allows direct communication between the case manager, the client, and appropriate service personnel, in order to optimize the outcome for all concerned”.

Case Management is performed in a variety of settings to provide these services to Patients with acute and chronic illnesses, specific diseases, complications pertaining to their diagnosis or post operatively, injuries, disabilities, psychological diagnoses and other issues as necessary.  It is supported by multiple Professional Organizations and is performed by certified and qualified Nurses, Social Workers and other licensed Healthcare Professionals dedicated to the practice of Case Management.  Performance of Case Managers currently and in the future throughout the Healthcare continuum in many Programs within Medicare, Managed Care and others has made and will continue to make a very positive impact on quality of care.

Again, Thank you for your service and Happy Case Management Week!

Sincerely, Pat McCutchen, RN-BC, CPHQ, CCM CMSA-Atlanta Chapter

2012 Chapter President