Association News
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Association News

What an exciting year it’s been here at the Case Management Society of America (CMSA). As the oldest organization focused on the growth and development of professional case managers across the healthcare continuum, CMSA is always looking to enhance the support available to case managers for high-quality, ethical practice benefitting patients, their families and support systems.

Health Technology
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Digital Technology: Why the Interest? Patient Engagement!

BY DR. COLLEEN MORLEY, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, FCM
Patient engagement/activation have long been a concern for the professional case manager. How can we get our patients/caregivers actively involved in their own care? Digital technology can be a key strategy in patient engagement and activation.

Social Determinants of Health
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Social Determinants of Mental Health in our Military

BY ELAINE BRUNER, MSN, CMGT-BC (The opinions and content expressed here are the author’s and do not represent those of the United States government, the Department of Defense, or the United States Navy.) Introduction Active-duty service members (ADSM) face unique issues related to social determinants of mental health (SDoMH). Military…

Health Equity
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Health Disparities: A Native American Case Study

BY CAROL A DEMOND, APRN, CNP-C, AND JENNIFER A WOFFORD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define health disparities as preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health. Tribal healthcare goals are to focus resources in hopes of preserving the lives and rich culture of Native Americans. Research indicates that availability of services, access to care and socioeconomic barriers are significant burdens in the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations.

Best Practices
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Optimizing Case Management Services for LGBTQ Individuals

BY MICHAEL B. GARRETT, MS, CCM, CVE, BCPA
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community is very diverse, with a wide range of health needs from healthcare providers and systems that have not always treated this community with respect and dignity. Case managers can provide services for members of the LGBTQ community that result in better outcomes, improved patient/client experience and reduced overall health expenses – realizing The Triple Aim.

Health Equity
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Your Zip Code, Your Health

BY ANNIE GARDINER, MS
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are non-medical factors that influence health outcomes—that is, they are environmental conditions in which people are born, learn, live, work, play, worship and age that affect health and quality-of-life outcomes.

Case Management Practice
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Caring for Native American Patients: The Native American Medicine Wheel, The Practice of Case Management and a Case for Cultural Humility

BY CAROLE GESCHEIDLE, MSOLQ, BSN, RN, TEENA MANNING, BSN, RN, CCM, AND JULIA MAYER, BSN, RN, CCM
Did you know that to be considered Native American in the United States is a legal/political determination and not simply a matter of racial identity? Also, that this designation has a profound impact on access to and quality of healthcare? If you did not know, you are not alone.

Healthcare information technology
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An Electronic Road Trip: Visiting Evidence-Based Practice Resources, Part 2

BY COLLEEN MORLEY, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, FCM
Continuing my review of some excellent repositories of knowledge dedicated to evidence-based initiatives, I will use the theme of this issue, “Health Disparities,” to check out the websites for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Healthy People 2030, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19
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How Does COVID-19 Affect Our Children?

BY JANET COULTER, MSN, MS, RN, CCM, FCM, AND MARYANN OTT, RN, BSN, CCM, CPC
The COVID-19 pandemic resembles a blockbuster horror movie. Understanding the effects of COVID-19 on children is a challenge, and the findings remain controversial.

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