Care Coordination
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The Power of Breathing

BY RAJITHA BOMMAKANTI, BSN, RN-CCM Case managers are an integral part of the healthcare team. Their roles are crucial in preventing readmissions and coordinating services for patients and their families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, inadequate resources in the community, overloaded caseloads and intensive care units being at maximum capacity have put…

Advocacy
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The Need: Coordination of I/DD Services in Hospitals

BY DR. MERCEDES WILLIAMS, DBH, MPH/ID, LMSW, CCM Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) initiation in 2010, case management has continued to evolve. State case managers are support coordinators in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) arena. I/DD are disorders that present at birth, specifically before the age of 18. These…

Mental Health
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Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Closer Look

BY LYNNE BECKER, MSPH, AND HANNAH BURGESS, MPH MENTAL HEALTH IN NUMBERS One in every 5 U.S adults experiences mental illness. One in every 20 U.S adults experiences serious mental illness. Nineteen percent of these individuals are managing anxiety disorders, and 8% of them are struggling with depression. However, in 2020, only…

Featured
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Food Insecurity and Its Impact on Health

BY BUSHRA HASSAN, MBA, RD, LDN Food insecurity is an issue plaguing America that has only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Nutrition Journal, nearly 15% of U.S. households—and almost 18% of households with children—reported food insecurity early in the COVID-19 pandemic (https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12937-021-00732-2.pdf). Before the pandemic, approximately…

Health Improvement
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Avoiding Readmission for HF Patients

BY YVONNE STOLWORTHY, MSN, RN Approximately 6 million Americans have heart failure (HF). More than 25% of patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge are HF patients (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6952725/). By 2030, the cost of medical care for HF patients is estimated to be about $53 billion. Almost a decade…

President's Message
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Wellness, Resiliency and Self-Care

BY COLLEEN MORLEY, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN As I am writing this reflection, it is -4 degrees in my hometown of Chicago and wellness, resiliency and self-care are on my mind. COVID is still a force to be reckoned with and now we add in the weather-related challenges and…

Featured
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Full-Service Nurse Wellness

BY BENJAMIN J. FOSTER, MBA In January 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced $103 million in awards to improve the retention of healthcare workers and help respond to the nation’s critical staffing needs by reducing burnout and promoting…

Association News
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Association News

The CMSA Foundation Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Committee have been working hard to develop a strategic plan to support and promote case management research and process improvement. The past two years have been difficult for everyone, and case managers have had to shift and adapt processes to meet…

Featured
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Nourishing Your Natural Instincts

BY STACEY RICHMOND, RD, LDN The urge for a plant to grow is so strong that its shoots will creatively change course, wiggling around rocks and roots to its full expression. How does the plant know how to receive nourishment and move through the phases of growth to its fullest expression…