Mental Health
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Struggling to Find Happiness After Childbirth: Identifying Mothers with Postpartum Depression

BY JENNIFER HEALY, MSN, RNC-OB, CCM

The social stigma associated with any mental health concern, including postpartum depression, prevents many mothers from openly communicating with friends, family or their medical provider about their symptoms, preventing them from getting the help they need. It is important, now more than ever, to bring awareness to this pregnancy complication to help patients who suffer from postpartum depression get the treatment they need.

Best Practices
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Pediatric, Maternal/Child Health Case Management

BY COLLEEN MORLEY, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summertime! The aftereffects of the CMSA National Conference in June still have me invigorated and excited about our profession. I am honored to take the reins as CMSA National President from the inimitable Melanie Prince.

Care Coordination
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The Magic of Pediatric Nursing

BY ANGIE LABRECK, MSN, RN, CPN, ACM
Pediatric nursing is wonderfully unique. We get the opportunity — no — we are encouraged to step outside the box every day with every patient. Florence Nightingale has been quoted as saying that “nursing is a fine art,” and I add that pediatric nursing is the finest of those arts.

Care Corner
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Taking Care of YOU After a Layoff

BY MICHELLE M. CROOK, BSN, RN, CRRN, CCM, BCPA

If you have ever been in the unfortunate position of being laid off, you are likely familiar with that pit-in-the-stomach, “OMG” moment when you realize that your life has drastically changed in an instant. I believe that many people in this situation, whether the layoff was expected or not, go through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Leadership
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Director Profiles

BY ANNE LLEWELLYN, MS, BHSA, RN, CCM, CRRN

Here, we highlight case management professionals who are leaders, mentors and directors in various settings where case managers practice their trade. Each has shared information about who they are and the work they do across the broad healthcare system. Please take a few minutes to read about their work and the value they bring.

Advocacy
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Perspectives On Accountability And Case Management

BY KRISTINE TOPPE, MPH

Accountability and case management come up in many conversations about healthcare quality. Both are broad terms that have many meanings or implications, especially when they are used together. To help CMSA Today readers make sense of what can be complex issues, let’s think about how accountability applies to case management.

Leadership
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Transitions Are Good…Evolutions Even Better!

BY MELANIE A. PRINCE, MSN, BSN, NE-BC, CCM, FAAN

I have added lexicology to my list of hobbies because I realize how much time I spend on the “study of words.” The quest to find the right, most precise word(s) to convey the right, precise message is a constant exercise, whether I am communicating with family and friends or writing a scholarly paper. As I prepared to write this last message as president of the Case Management Society of America, 2020–2022, my reflections about the past two years were centered on transitions and evolution.

Healthcare information technology
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How Health Information Technology Is Impacting the Practice of Case Management

BY GARRY CARNEAL, JD, MA, AND PAT STRICKER, RN, MEd

With the rise of digital health and the impact of the COVID pandemic, these and other forces have changed almost every phase of healthcare in recent years. How case managers interface with their patients and the tools they use to do so is one prime example of the changing landscape. The arrival of telehealth and the constant opportunity to use emerging technology applications only adds to the complexity and excitement.

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