President's Message
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Maternal Mortality in the United States

BY COLLEEN MORLEY, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, FCM
The headline read “Olympic Gold Medalist, 32, dies in labor.”
Tori Bowie was an American track and field athlete who primarily competed in the long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters.

Association News
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The CMSA Foundation: What’s In It For You?

The CMSA Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization that aims to be the leading philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the practice of case management. The Foundation works relentlessly to raise money to fund case management research, practice improvement and public policy advocacy efforts. But how does that help you?

Collaborative Care
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A Community Partnership to Develop a Recuperative Care Facility

BY CHRISTOPHER WELLINS, MD, MS, FACP, RENEE FAY-LEBLANC, MD, FACP, AND COURTNEY PLADSEN, DNP
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a 700-bed tertiary care facility located in Portland, Maine, and is the anchor hospital of the nine-hospital MaineHealth System. In 2012 we developed the Long Stay Intervention Workgroup (LSIW) as a way of getting all the right stakeholders together who were empowered to make decisions regarding achieving discharges for our most challenging patients.

Collaborative Care
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Leveraging Community Health Workers within an Interdisciplinary Care Team to Care For Older Adults

BY LAUREN O’CONNELL, LICSW, AND ROBERTA CAPP, MD, MHS
Community health workers (CHWs) are non-clinical members of the community who usually share ethnicity, language and life experiences with the community members they serve (NIHLBI, 2023). Traditionally, CHWs are social and change agents; they reduce disparities and inequities by expanding knowledge and access to benefits and community services.

Social Determinants of Health
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CalAIM — A Lesson in Transition

BY SUSANE HAO, RN, MSN, CLCP, AND THERESA HERNANDEZ, CCM
Healthcare providers and case managers encounter patients who experience a combination of barriers related to social determinants of health (SDoH) that make it difficult for patients to manage their chronic medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and depression.

Behavioral Health
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Viewing Mental Health Parity from a Population Health Perspective

BY GARRY CARNEAL, JD, MA, JACK SHOEMAKER, MS, AND TOM WILSON, PhD
Treating diseases of the brain is as important as treating any physical condition. Yet, U.S. health insurers have earned the dubious reputation of not covering behavioral health conditions (“BH,” aka mental health and substance use disorders) adequately when compared to physical health conditions (“PH,” aka medical/surgical care). From a population health perspective, disease states such as depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health conditions often have been undertreated, subsequently leading to poor clinical outcomes.

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