The Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Little Rock, Ark, will soon launch its Case Management Model Act of 2009, which sets forth important standards for case management services with key provisions, says the organization.

The provisions cover elements in staff qualifications, case management functions, authorized scope of services, payment of services, training requirements, quality management programs, and antifraud and consumer protections.

CMSA stresses the timeliness and relevance of the Act, and says its provisions could be adopted through either legislative or regulatory bodies. The group has scheduled a press conference on November 19 at the National Press Club in Washington to publicize the launch.

“It’s important that we get the word to out to legislators, the press, and the public that case management offers a unique and effective way to mobilize resources to promote quality for a wide range of populations with different health care needs," said Margaret Leonard, CMSA’s presicent. “CMSA is well positioned to offer its support to Congress, the White House, and other public policymakers as they explore different health care reform proposals.

"Case management and care coordination are vital services to all citizens — especially to our veterans once they return home and are able to be sponsored as part of the federal health care reform initiative. Without federal support, we will not be able to harness the full power of case management strategies and interventions.”

Cheri Lattimer, CMSA executive director notes that case management interventions are used throughout the health care system asand effective solution toward the transitions of care, coordination of resources, reduction of costs, and improvement of clinical outcomes. She says the Act demonstrates the importance of case managers becoming a fundamental element of health care reform.

Click here to download CMSA’s new Model Act, which was approved by unanimous consent by CMSA’s board of directors in October.

[Source: CMSA]