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Congress Passes Opioid Bill, President to Sign


Posted on: 10/4/2018

Great news from Washington! With your support, Congress took a historic step in the fight against the opioid epidemic... View Full Posting

Legislators Expected to Vote on Final Opioid Bill Starting Tomorrow


Posted on: 9/27/2018

ACMA members are encouraged to contact legislators as soon as possible and urge them to vote for H.B. 6. View Full Posting

Senate Passes Opioid Legislation


Posted on: 9/18/2018

In a 99-1 vote yesterday, the Senate passed a bipartisan package of 70 bills to combat the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. The package includes… View Full Posting

Senate Poised to Pass Comprehensive Opioid Legislation Next Week


Posted on: 9/13/2018

On Monday, the Senate is expected to pass the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018—a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals recommended by five different committees... View Full Posting

Urban Institute Study Shows Health Insurance Coverage Increases


Posted on: 7/17/2018

On July 1st, the Urban Institute announced the findings of a study that examined the change in the number of uninsured in America... View Full Posting

Covering Observation Stays Toward 3 Day Stay Requirement


Posted on: 5/29/2018

Members of Congress Joe Courtney and Glenn Thompson submitted a letter to Ways and Means Committee members last week in support of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1421... View Full Posting

Secretary of Health and Human Services Confirmed by Senate


Posted on: 1/25/2018

Yesterday, the Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Alex Azar, a former Eli-Lily executive, to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)... View Full Posting

Federal Government Reopens After Weekend Shutdown


Posted on: 1/24/2018

President Trump signed a short-term spending bill early this week that will fund the government through February 8... View Full Posting

Federal Government Shutdown is Possible


Posted on: 1/19/2018

The Federal government's current funding agreement deadline is this evening. Absent a new agreement, the federal government will enter into shutdown protocols beginning Monday morning... View Full Posting

“Observation Status” Policy Moving Through Court System


Posted on: 11/28/2017

The hospital administration policy fight over “Observation Status” versus “Inpatient Status” may finally hit a boiling point this year... View Full Posting

GOP Postpones Vote on Graham-Cassidy bill


Posted on: 9/27/2017

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Update: Graham-Cassidy bill


Posted on: 9/26/2017

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Court Certifies Nationwide Class in “Observation Status” Case


Posted on: 8/4/2017

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Public Policy Committee: CMS Update


Posted on: 7/11/2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to pursue a proactive stance to protect both the Medicare trust fund and improve outcomes for beneficiaries. View Full Posting

Public Policy Committee Update: ACMA goes to Washington

Bills would count observation toward SNF benefit, reform the RAC, and aid highest risk patients

Posted on: 10/8/2014

On September 30, a cadre of 15 case management professionals, including members of ACMA’s Public Policy Committee, descended upon Washington, DC for two days to promote three specific pieces of legislation... View Full Posting

Announcements

Accredited Case Manager Certification

The Accredited Case Manager (ACM) Certification is for health care delivery system case management professionals and tests core case management knowledge that is shared by nurse and social work case managers, as well as competency in the individual skills of each professional background. If you are not yet ACM certified, we encourage you to apply now and enhance your professional practice by putting the ACM credential after your name. Get Certified Today >>>

Call for Poster Presentations: Share Your Ideas at 2020 National

Have you accomplished a case management or process improvement project? Present your information at the 2020 ACMA National Case Management and Transitions of Care Conference, April 6–9, in Chicago. Where do you begin? What should your poster look like? Join us for a free webinar to get the inside scoop on August 14. Learn More >>>

Chapter Conferences: Education and Networking Near You

It’s a busy time of year for ACMA chapters! This month we are headed to Austin, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando and Baton Rouge for local chapter conferences. In addition, next month there will be seven more events across the country. ACMA chapters are a network of peers within your local or regional area and play a specialized role at the grassroots level and have goals that align with the mission of ACMA National. We hope to see you on the road this fall! Find an Event Near You >>>

CMS Deputy Director Kicks Off Leadership & Physician Advisor Conference

A CMS deputy director. An expert panel from a Level II trauma center. A global expert on organizational change. Jean Moody-Williams, Vikram Reddy, Michelle Evans, Julie Martin and Shawn Rhodes are included in this must-see lineup of keynotes and highlighted speakers at the 2019 Leadership and Physician Advisor Conference, November 15–17, in Miami. In addition to these highlighted speakers, there are many others. Meet all the Speakers >>>

Get Value-Based Results with Advanced Simulation

“The Advanced Simulation for Value-Based Results (ACTS) experience has invigorated our practice and partnerships. As a case management leader, it has magnified the boxes/barriers we have inherently placed in the way of best practice. These ‘ah ha’ moments are contributing to redefining how we practice and our team members response has been priceless! — Pamela Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Inova Health System Case Management. Develop your team and transform your outcomes with ACTS today. Learn More >>>

Close the Medicare Observation Coverage Gap

Thanks to everyone who raised their voice to support the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act and our campaign to close the observation status coverage gap in Medicare. With your help more than 3,200 of your peers have signed the petition! If you signed the petition, we encourage you share this initiative with your colleagues. In addition, you can take further action and connect with your federal representatives. We've made it easy for you!
Take Action    Sign the Petition!  

National Transitions of Care Standards Framework

ACMA recently established a transitions of care standards framework that applies to all health care settings to foster effective, high quality and efficient care transitions. Every standard presented describes both the structure and the services required to meet that standard. The standards help organizations assess, quantify and identify gaps in their current care transition work plan. This framework allows an organization to evaluate return on investment of care transitions efforts as a mechanism to reduce utilization and enhance quality and patient experience (value-based care ROI). Assess your team today. Learn More >>>

Interested in Case Management Certification?

ACMA expands its portfolio of credentials to include Case Management Administration Certification (CMAC). The CMAC will measure the competence of case management administrators, managers, supervisors and leaders, and is available to all professions. Take the next step in advancing your career by taking your case management certification exam Apply Today >>>

Are You on Board? Compass 2019 has ARRIVED!

Creating a case management team that is consistent and confident with ever-changing regulations and practice standards can be a daunting goal. However, it can be done with annually updated online training. Currently in use at over 1,100 hospitals with more than 31,000 users, Compass courses are updated each year for case managers and physician advisors across multiple care settings. Streamline your onboarding and competency validation around regulations and national standards of practice today. Compass 2019 is now available. Watch a video to learn more and subscribe now. >>>

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