The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) recently sent letters to U.S. representatives and senators, asking for their consideration of The Case Management Model Act. CMSA developed the original act in 2009.

The act, according to an April 24, 2017, CMSA letter, addresses critical areas in case management and has received endorsements from a variety of healthcare organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers.

The purpose of the act is to define case management on the federal level, defining qualifications for case managers, scope of services, quality management programs, and case management functions.

CMSA published online a 14-page version of the act. It calls case management “a consumer-centric, collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.”

Case management is an effective way to mobilize resources to promote quality-based and cost-effective care for a variety of populations, the CMSA letter notes.

“We need to make sure that these services continue to be properly funded and expanded to reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes,” the letter reads.

“Case management is one of the most effective solutions in healthcare and must become a fundamental pillar of healthcare reform, including promoting patient education, safety, and healthier outcomes,” according to the CMSA letter. “Without federal support, we will not be able to harness the full power of case management strategies and interventions.”

CMSA is currently updating the act. For more information about the Case Management Model Act, visit: http://bit.ly/2oucCED