Anatomy of two CM associations

The introduction of the Academy of Certified Care Managers (ACCM) in Fairfield, CT, has raised questions about what case management professionals gain from membership in professional associations. It should be noted that ACCM is in a formative stage and that the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is entering its 11th year. CMSA’s membership benefits have grown over the course of its history in response to member requests and industry trends. Here’s a breakdown of each one:

o Academy of Certified Care Managers, 1903 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06430-5721. Telephone: (203) 259-9333. Fax: (203) 259-9311. Web site: www.academyccm.org (the site was under construction at press time).

Cost of membership: $60 (This introductory fee ends in February 2001. At that time, the cost will be $75.)

Membership benefits: Free subscription to CareManagement: Official Journal of the Academy of Certified Case Managers. Free subscription to PharmaFacts, a pharmaceutical products and drug usage update. Free subscription to LitScan, a periodic review and commentary of published literature (its planned launch date is April 2001). Free continuing education units earned on-line (visit the Web site at www.academyccm.org).

Conferences: The first national conference will be in Atlanta in March 2001; the group also hopes to announce plans for regional conferences soon.

o Case Management Society of America, 8201 Cantrell Road, Suite 230, Little Rock, AR 72227-2448. Telephone: (501) 225-2229 Web site: www.cmsa.org .

Cost of membership: $125, plus local chapter dues, if applicable.

Membership benefits: Free subscriptions to The Case Manager, Continuing Care, ADVANCE for Providers of Post-Acute Care, Managed Care Interface, and Long Term Care Interface. Free on-line continuing education units at www.cmsa. org; on-line job postings; membership directory (also available on-line); state-of-the-science case management research papers; access to 14 special interest group forums on-line and at CMSA conferences; "Standards of Practice for Case Management" "Statement of Ethical Practice for Case Management" Core Curriculum for Case Management (expected out before the end of the year); member service call center; toll-free fax-on-demand service; annual "Case Manager of the Year" award. National and local chapter officers are elected by CMSA members.

Conferences: CMSA annual conference and expo, June 2001, Nashville; UM/CM Best Practices Conference, November 2000, San Diego; Hospital Case Management summit, November 2000, San Diego; Case Management Institute, November 2000, Baltimore.