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2019 Presidents Letter- Patricia Chenevert-Anderson

On behalf of the CMSA of the Chesapeake, it is an honor and pleasure for me to take this opportunity to welcome you to our twenty-fourth year as an active chapter. I want to extend my deep appreciation for the successful 2018 year to the 2018 Officers and Board members for their expertise, continued dedication, participation, contribution, and teamwork. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Keith Jacobs our past president for his insight, leadership, and commitment. Also, I thank our Sponsors and Corporate Partners for their generous support. I believe that again this year the entire board will utilize their expertise, experiences, commitment and collaborative efforts to accomplish another successful year.

Members of CMSA provide a high degree of professionalism, diversity, knowledge, advocacy, and educational programs. These quality attributes enhance the ability of our members to develop and use effective strategies to guide patients through the continuum of care in a holistic approach. As case managers, we meet the patient's needs both mentally and physically in an ethical, and cost-effective manner. The inclusion of all professionals regardless of disciplines of these characteristics are what essentially set us apart from other healthcare organizations.   

Last year CMSA of the Chesapeake provided a variety of educational programs that included:

  • The Role of Inpatient Rehabilitation in Post-Acute Patient Care and The Future of Rehabilitation

             Medicine

  • The Annual CMSA of the Chesapeake Conference (From Uncertainty to Opportunity-2018 Annual

       Conference) which included the Annual Maryland Food Bank Drive

  • The New Age of Bullying and Violence in Health Care
  • Psychology of Chronic Heart Failure

 

We welcome all diverse population of case managers from a variety of workplace settings to participate in our learning opportunities that include CEUs. Attendees do not have to belong to CMSA to participate in these learning programs.

Our first program for this year is on February 9, 2019 at The University of MD Rehab and Ortho Institute and the title is: "Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Practical Approaches to the Newest Technology in Diabetes". We are working on additional programs, please let us know if you have other topics of interest.

CMSA of the Chesapeake invites you to our annual conference on Friday, May 3, 2019, being held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.  Our theme this year is “Moving Patients to Wellness”.  Stay tuned for more details on the conference schedule on our Website. Come on down, spend the day, learn and network with old colleges and meet new ones. See you there.

I wish you all good health and we are glad to be part of your journey toward excellence as Case Managers.

Sincerely,

Patricia Chenevert, BSN, RN, MSA, CCM

President, CMSA of the Chesapeake

 

CONGRATULATIONS: CASSY PETERSON- CASE MANAGER OF THE YEAR 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CASE MANAGER OF THE YEAR FOR 2018!!

CASSY PETERSON MBA, MSW, LCSW-C, CCM

 Johns Hopkins HealthCare

Cassy is sought out  for her guidance and mentoring skills. She currently leads a group of Case Managers through a rapidly changing healthcare field through a collaborative leadership style that is respected by her team and co-workers. Through her example her team has grown to become strong advocates for their patients. Her strong leadership, mentoring, and professionalism shows on a daily basis to patients who are struggling to navigate the  health care quagmire and to her team who require support to continue to do their best work.

Cassy will be recieving an award, $300 and a free one year membership for CMSA of the Chesapeake.

Thank you for your Contribution to our Case Management Community,

From your CMSA of the Chesapeake Board for Directors 2018

 

Local News and CEUs: MD Department of Health Invites Comments on State Plans....

 The Maryland Department of Health Invites Comments on the Proposed Changes to the way certain state plan participants and families obtain and manage their services.

The Community First Choice Program and Community Personal Assistance Services are Medicaid state plan services for people who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLS) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLS).  The programs provide assistance with activities of daily living to qualifying Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability which includes individuals living with a brain injury. These services are intended help people get the supports that they need to stay in the community in their own homes instead of living in an institution or transitioning individuals from institutions back to the their own homes in the community. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has proposed a processing for implementing a self-directed service option to its CPAS and CFC services. 

The traditional model of services managed through a provider agency will still be available. Participants can choose move from self directed services to traditional by contacting their Supports Planner to submit a change to their service plan. Additionally, MDH is proposing to change the management of transition service funds to be changed from individual supports planning agencies to one fiscal management services (FMS) vendor for the entire state.  The FMS vendor will also be responsible for training participants in becoming an employer and rights and responsibilities of self direction. This change was made because the supports planning agencies lacked capacity to continue to administer transition service funds.

For people with brain injury and their caregivers, it is important to note that the proposed self directed services model does not change the rule that prohibits legally liable relatives from becoming the personal assistance providers for their family member. However, the new model does allow the participant to designate someone else to direct their services under the self directed service model. Generally, the addition of the self directed models allow participants and families additional options for how to obtain and manage their services.

The public has the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Send your comments mdh.cfc@maryland.gov.   Links are imbedded above that link to federal or state definitions used to define the terms for purposes of the CFC and CPAS programs.

 

Maryland Governor Signs a Federal All-Payer Health Contract:

  • This contract Gov. Larry Hogan signed should creat incentives to improve care while saving money.

For the full article click this link: Maryland Governor Signs Federal All-Payer Health Contract

 

Maryland State Retirees: 2019 Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage is Changing

  • Medicare-Eligible Retirees Prescription Drug Coverage is ending December 31,2018.
  • Retirees will have to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan in the Open season of October 15th- December 7th or they will NOT have prescription drug coverage.

For the Full Story and more information click this link:http://www.dbm.maryland.gov/benefits/Pages/Retirees.aspx

If your patients need help or more information here is a link for how Medicare Part D works: https://www.medicare.gov/part-d/index.html


FREE EDUCATION CEUs

Members only: FREE CEUs

Highlighting FREE(Members only) CEUs on cmsa.org > Educational Resource Library > Courses >  Ethics(CCM approved Ethics Hrs)> Title: The Ethics Transformation

Online Course by Kathy Fraser

Course Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the Ethical issues, challenges, and opportunities faced as Managed Care Professionals.
  • Recognize ethical red flags that occur when there is more than one stakeholder or point of view.
  • Apply your acquired knowledge to develop a solution for specific situations.
  • Be more confident in your decision making capabilities concerning Ethical situations.

 

***This is only ONE of OVER 100 Free CEUs on our National Website***

This PDF is more information on Nationals Education Library: 2018 Education Library Resource

 

 

CMSA Company Membership Benefits

CMSA's Company Membership Program can save your company up to 50% per member.  The more employees you sign up the higher the discount!

By clicking this link:

CMSA Company Membership Information

You can find out more information about how to join and all of the benefits for your company and its employees.

 

If you have any questions please contact us at: cmsa@cmsachesapeake.org

 

 

 

NEW UPDATES: Member Area Opportunities

There are now 2 FREE CEU Opportunities on our Member website.  All you have to do is go into our Member Area> Login> click on Education CEUs. 

We appreciate your continued membership!