Welcome to the Maryland Chapter

Chapter Information

Maryland Chapter (est.2003)

Chapter Mission:

To provide educational and networking opportunities to Health Care Delivery System Case Management and Transitions of Care Professionals in the State of Maryland and surrounding states.

Case Management professionals include RN's, Social Workers, Physician Advisors,  Nurse Practitioners, Care Transitions team members, Case Management Assistants

Chapter Dues: Free with National ACMA membership

The Chapter of Excellence program defines outstanding chapter performance by outlining the standards of practice for optimal chapter operation. Chapters achieve these awards by demonstrating performance in the key areas of chapter operations and attaining specific growth and development benchmarks.

Chapter of Excellence achievement:  2019, 2018, 2017, 2015 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Education or Membership committees or would like to host, present or suggest a speaker/topic for an educational event, please contact:

Membership Committee Co-Chairs: 
Joanne Fletcher:    joanne.f.fletcher@wilmu.edu
Darlene DeFrehn:  ddefrehn@adventisthealthcare.com

Education Committee Co-Chairs:     
Jackie Moore:     jacquelinemoore@umm.edu
Jessica Snoots:  jsnoots@fmh.org

Nominating Committee Chair:
Jackie Dinterman:   jdinterman@fmh.org

Proud Winners of the ACMA National Award for 
2019 "Highest Attended ACMA State Chapter Conference in the Nation!!!"

Annual Meeting

Our next ACMA MD Chapter conference will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Baltimore Marriott, Camden Yards

Thank you to those who attended our 2019 ACMA MD chapter conference!
The ACMA Maryland has had a lot of wonderful feedback about our 2019 ACMA Maryland Chapter conference from our attendees and or Exhibitors!  We had a wonderful time and a day full of education and entertainment!

The weekend started off with our ACMA MD Chapter PreConference event where I'm not sure we have laughed or had more than this year!!  Join us on our Facebook website to view pictures from our event and stay in touch with the ACMA Maryland Chapter every day!

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If you didn't join us this year, you really missed out!  We had:
  • 3.5 CEUs of Ethics were offered for a total of 5.5 CEUs for SWs, RNs and CMs for the day. 
  • Motivation, Resiliency and Winning
  • Neonatal Abstinence
  • A Unique Behavioral Health Social Work Role in Care Transitions
  • Documenting Social Determinants of Health
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Discharge Planning and Guardianships
  • Health Consequences of Financial Vulnerability
  • Difficult UM Status Reviews
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • And How to Stay Positive in the Work Environment to Improve Patient Satisfaction - we laughed so hard!!!
  • In addition to the fantastic speakers who shared best practices on a variety of topics, there were scores of Exhibitors present, many of whom generously gave away some fabulous door prizes. 
  • In addition to bidding on Silent Auction items many attendees also participated in the 50/50 Raffle. 
  • One lucky individual went home with $542.50 as the winner of the 50/50 Raffle. Several people won free registrations to the 2020 MD Chapter Conference. 
  • One person won a free registration to take the ACM exam, another won a $150 Visa Gift card.
  • If you didn't join us this year, you really missed out!  and the Grand Prize winner will be getting free registration to the 2020 MD Chapter Conference plus one night's hotel stay. 


The Buzz: Health Equity & Social Determinants

Friday, March 6, 2020
7:50 AM - 4:00 PM

Tribute Assisted Living at Black Hills
312 Baltusrol Dr.
Germantown, MD 20874

5.0 CEUs available for Social Workers, Nurses, & ACMs

 7:50AM -8:50AM:  Breakfast and Vendor Networking

8:50AM -9:00AM:  Welcome and Announcements

9 am - 10 am: Maryland Primary Care Program – Investing in Community Care Management

Chad Perman, MPP

Abstract: The speaker will present how the MDPCP program fits into the larger Maryland Model for health transformation. MDPCP brings care management to every bricks and mortar practice site in the program. It will cover an overview of the program, key care delivery changes in Maryland’s primary care practices, and focus on care management. The discussion will outline the important relationship between primary care and acute settings in managing follow-up and transitional care management to avoid unnecessary utilization. Finally, the presentation will cover key opportunities and needs for the care management workforce in Maryland. 

10:00AM -10:30AM:  Break and Vendor Networking 

10:30 am - 12 pm: Speed Learning Sessions:
Speed Learning Session 1: Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy (FFF): “Changing the way we care for our patients”

Michelle Ann Passaretti, MSN, BSN, RN, CCM

Abstract: This presentation will attempt to provide thought-provoking information that illustrates the need to do something fundamentally different in order to provide the best care for our patients. It will explain the importance and role that we all play in addressing food insecurity for optimal patient outcomes. It will provide a framework for how such program can be deployed and adapted across different, diverse health care institutions.

Speed Learning Session 2: Centro SOL: Center for Salud/Health and Opportunity for Latinos

Monica Guerrero Vazquez, MPH, MS, BS 

Abstract: 25% of the U.S. population under 18 is comprised of 1st generation (foreign-born) and second-generation (born in the U.S. to immigrant parents) youth. Baltimore City has experienced a 134% increase of the Latino community. This presentation will highlight the impact of the demographic change in the city, and the importance and challenges of implementing culturally competent programs and research targeting Latinos. 

12 noon - 1 p.m.:  Lunch, Networking, and Prizes 

1 pm -2:30 p.m: The Creative Arts Therapies as a Trauma Informed ApproachThe Creative Arts Therapies as a Trauma Informed Approach

Yasmine J Awais, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC 

Abstract: A trauma informed approach understands that every person we work with may have experienced some level of trauma. As trauma is considered an embodied experience, non-verbal methodologies, such as the various creative arts therapies (i.e., art, dance/movement, drama, and music therapies) can be an avenue to promote healing. In this session, we will learn about the creative arts therapies as a form of counseling or psychotherapy.  Attendees will have a better understanding of this form of treatment as a referral tool for persons who have experienced violence (e.g., community, interpersonal), medical trauma, PTSD, or other forms of trauma.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm:  Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm:  Social Relationships: Impact to Determinants of Health 

Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C 

Abstract: Great progress has been made in drawing attention to the impact of the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) on health, healthcare, and overall life chances and opportunity. However, much of this discussion has been confined to the concrete barriers that present as relentless care coordination challenges – transportation, financial vulnerability, housing, and the list goes on. What is often left out of pertinent discussions related to the SDoH are the significant roles played by social networks, social currency, and human connection – all of which interplay with the absence of equally important tangible resources. This session aims to draw attention to the importance of those social relationships and how they are protective factors for the equally profound effects of social isolation.

3:45 pm - 4pm: Closing Remarks


Join us from 4:00PM - 6:00PM for APPS and CHATS sponsored by BAYVIEW HOMECARE and CAPITAL CITY NURSES!!
Celebrating our ACM's and Social Workers for Social Work Month!!



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