Celebrating National Case Management Week
Celebrating National Case Management Week
Every year, the healthcare community comes together to celebrate National Case Management Week (NCMW), recognizing the vital role that case managers play in our healthcare system. This annual event shines a well-deserved spotlight on the dedicated professionals who serve as patient advocates, guiding and coordinating care for patients, families, and caregivers.
What Do Case Managers Do?
Case management is about ensuring that individuals reach their optimal level of wellness and functional capability. This goal benefits not only the individuals themselves but also their support systems, healthcare delivery systems, and various reimbursement sources. Case managers achieve this by acting as facilitators for client wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identifying service resources, and service facilitation.
A case manager’s role involves identifying the most appropriate healthcare providers and facilities across the continuum of services to provide the best possible care for clients. Effective case management thrives in an environment that fosters direct communication between the case manager, the client, and relevant service personnel to achieve the best outcomes for all parties.
Certification ensures that case managers have the necessary education, skills, and experience to provide high-quality services.
Meet the Leaders of National Case Management Week
This year, CCMC, CMSA, and ACMA come together to celebrate case managers’ contributions to our society.
What Is CCMC?
Founded in 1973, the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) has been instrumental in building a sense of community by bringing people together. CCMC aims to revolutionize large-scale community management by inspiring meaningful experiences for residents and team members. Its core values are integrity, respect, service, and community.
What Is CMSA?
The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) plays a pivotal role in facilitating the growth and development of professional case managers across the entire healthcare continuum. CMSA is dedicated to promoting high-quality, ethical practices that benefit patients and their families. Their mission is to improve health outcomes through evidence-based resources, healthcare policy advocacy, and adherence to standards of practice.
What Is ACMA?
The American Case Management Association (ACMA) strives to achieve several key goals:
- Provide Innovative Professional Development Services: ACMA offers services like mentoring, educational forums, and resource information to empower case managers and enhance their skills.
- Create New Opportunities for Networking: Networking is a cornerstone of professional growth, and ACMA helps facilitate connections among case managers.
- Influence Policies and Laws: ACMA is actively engaged in advocating for policies, laws, and other issues related to the practice of case management, ensuring that this profession continues to evolve in a way that benefits both patients and providers.
What Is the Purpose of National Case Management Week?
This is the time to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of case managers to the healthcare system. Case managers are integral to the coordination of care and the smooth transition of patients through various stages of their healthcare journeys.
As L. Greg Cunningham, ACMA CEO, aptly puts it, “Case managers are key contributors to the healthcare system and transitions of care. During National Case Management Week, we pause to recognize their value.”
What to Expect
During National Case Management Week, CCMC, CMSA, and ACMA will offer professional development opportunities aimed at enhancing case managers’ skills and bolstering their resilience to serve with compassion.
Additionally, official NCMW gifts and merchandise are available for those who want to celebrate and show their appreciation for their case management teams. Bulk orders are an option!
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