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In order to meet today’s challenges and those of the future, case managers need to “stay connected and keep their finger on the pulse of today’s health care system,” says Anne Llewellyn, RN, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, CEAC.
Llewellyn, co-founder of PRIME, a Miramar, FL-based health care educational company, is the new president of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA).
Today’s case managers are challenged to be responsive to the needs of consumers while facing increasing restrictions on resources, pressure to curb escalating health care costs, and legislative change, she adds. To address these challenges, case managers need to take a proactive role in addressing those issues locally and in creative ways, she says.
Incorporating advances in technology while maintaining the human side of health care is another challenge case managers will face in the future, Llewellyn says.
She suggests case managers check CMSA’s web site, www.cmsa.org, for updates on educational opportunities and other information that will help them stay informed; subscribe to CMSA@Work For You, a free newsletter from CMSA, and attend local chapter meetings and the organization’s national conference.
Through CMSA, professionals can join the special interest groups where they can network with other professionals to address the challenges and issues they face. Local chapters of CMSA give case managers an opportunity to address issues in the community.
“The primary goal I have set for my presidency is to represent members as well as prospective members who are involved in the practice of case management throughout the health care system. To do this, we need to hear from case managers,” Llewellyn says.
The new board of directors of the CMSA adopted a strategic plan at its first meeting in June.
The goals include:
CMSA is working with other organizations through the Case Management Leadership Coalition to bring together various groups and look for solutions that can address the challenges case managers face, Llewellyn points out.