The Ethical Case Manager Making a Difference

BY KATHLEEN FRASER, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne Ethics are moral principles that guide a person’s behavior. All decisions have an ethical or moral dimension for a simple reason: They have an effect on others. In case management, ethical behavior exists to […]

Case Management Ethics: When Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations Are Not Set

BY JOSE ALEJANDRO, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN Oftentimes, we as case managers find ourselves in difficult situations due to our complex roles and responsibilities, the diverse populations being served, limited resources if not also conflicting viewpoints that we encounter when advocating for our patient population. As these situations occur, case managers can be […]

Case Management Opportunity—Facilitating Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health into Whole Person Health

BY CARRIE MARION, RN, BSN, CCM For the past twenty years or so, the healthcare industry has been talking about holistic medical care, now termed whole person care. Of adults with behavioral health disorders, 67 percent do not receive adequate treatment. We know that one-fifth of patients who have heart attacks have depression. We also […]

Mental Health Advocacy

BY JOSE ALEJANDRO, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, ACM, FACHE, FAAN Traditionally, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. However, as case managers, we know the importance of recognizing how the mental and emotional well-being of our patients and the clients we serve significantly impacts their ability to maintain a healthy and balanced life year-round. Comprehensive case […]

Golden Rules for the Golden Years

According to the U.S. Census, there were 47.8 million people over the age of 65 in the United States in 2015, and it’s expected that this figure will grow to 98.2 million by 2060. Many dermatologists are familiar with this Baby Boomer generation, as the 2017 Burden of Skin Disease Report indicates that 50% of […]

Celebrating Success

BY JOSE ALEJANDRO, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN Have you ever had one of those days where everything went right? We all seem to have a unique ability to recognize and talk about what is not going well, but how much time do we devote to celebrating success? Isn’t it more important and uplifting […]

Our Membership Is the Lifeblood of CMSA

BY MARY MCLAUGHLIN-DAVIS, DNP, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CCM While traveling this week, I checked my emails and was delighted and surprised to receive a message from a case manager colleague and friend I worked with in Pennsylvania 26 years ago. Debbe and her close-knit group of case managers, all working for different employers, took me under […]