LITTLE ROCK, Ark. October 10, 2018
The American Case Management Association (ACMA) is celebrating National Case Management Week this week (October 7-13) to recognize the dedication, compassion and quality patient outcomes achieved by case managers across the health care continuum. The theme for this year is “Case Management: Improving Outcomes. Improving Care.”
In conjunction with National Case Management Week, Wednesday, October 10, is Accredited Case Manager (ACMTM) Recognition Day. This day is in honor of case managers who have chosen to validate their competency in case management by achieving the nationally-recognized ACMTM certification. This achievement authenticates a case manager’s knowledge and expertise by requiring passage of both a competency exam and a clinical simulation test. Also, certification demonstrates a commitment to the profession and industry best practices.
“The case management role is a unique one,” said ACMA President Angie Roberson, MSN, RN, ACM-RN, Director of Case Management at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina. “Case managers serve as partners in guiding, supporting and advocating for their patients and families who navigate a complex continuum of care. Hospitals and health care providers depend on case managers to enhance the care of patients, and ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of providing care and resources.”
Case Management in hospital/health care systems is a collaborative practice model including patients, nurses, social workers, physicians, other practitioners, caregivers and the community. The Case Management process encompasses communication and facilitates care along a continuum through effective resource coordination. The goals of Case Management include the achievement of optimal health, access to care and appropriate utilization of resources.
During National Case Management Week, ACMA encourages all health care organizations to recognize and support the practice of case management by promoting case management’s role in the delivery of health care. Throughout the week, local education, recognition and awareness events will be held across the country.
To learn more about National Case Management Week or to find a local ACMA chapter, call 501-907-2262.
Founded in 1999, the American Case Management Association (ACMA) is a national, non-profit, professional membership association, which strives to provide resources, solutions, and support for Case Management and Transitions of Care professionals. ACMA is comprised of more than 8,000 members nationwide, including nurses, social workers, physicians and other professionals affiliated with case management. Through a variety of educational conferences and networking events at both the state and national level, ACMA provides its members with numerous opportunities to develop their skills, grow in their profession and learn from the experiences and practices of fellow members. For more information, visit http://www.acmaweb.org.
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