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CMSA Announces New Model ACT Supporting Case Management Programs
Date:8/27/2009

Case Managers Must Become Key Element of Any Health Care Reform Proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) announced today the adoption of "The Case Management Model Act of 2009." Case management is a collaborative process of assessing, planning, facilitating, and coordinating care to meet an individual's comprehensive health needs.

Margaret (Peggy) Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, CMSA's President notes that "case management offers a unique and effective way to mobilize resources to promote quality-based and cost-effective outcomes for a wide range of populations, with different health care needs. The Model Act can be configured to be national in scope or to support specific programs that are funded through a variety of sources. CMSA is well positioned to offer its support to Congress, the White House and other public policymakers as they explore different health care reform proposals."

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, Executive Director, adds "Case management interventions are used throughout the health care system today as a very effective solution towards the transition of care, coordination of resources, reducing costs and improving clinical outcomes. The Model Act demonstrates the importance of case managers becoming a fundamental element of health care reform."

The Model Act sets forth important standards for case management services with key provisions covering Staff Qualifications, Case Management Functions, Authorized Scope of Services, Payment of Services, Training Requirements, Quality Management Programs, and Antifraud & Consumer Protections. Provisions of the Model Act could be adopted either at the federal or state levels through either legislative or regulatory bodies.

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