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    President's Letter

    Dear Colleagues,
    Local news:
    The CMSA Atlanta Board and Conference Committee have been very busy planning a full day conference for all professionals. 
    •  The conference will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, “Navigating Healthcare in the 21st Century.”  


    The conference will offer 6 CCM CEUs. And yes, there will be Ethic credits available.  The conference will be held at and hosted by The Shepherd Center

    Please visit our website, where registration will be available shortly for the November conference.

    National News:
    Eight CMSA-Atlanta chapter members attended the National CMSA Conference in Las Vegas the week of June 10-14, 2019.  I attended the conference and I am happy to report the exciting events to you.  In this journey: I  took my first Uber rides, took my first airplane trip without my family,  navigating the Mirage Hotel and Conference Center it felt like a 5 mile hike every day. Due to exhaustion I was in bed most nights by 9:30 PM.  I did not hit the million dollar pay out at any slot machines so I am still working and no, I did not win a T-shirt.  But I did earn 38.25 Nursing CEUs, of those I can count 35.25 CCMC CEUS, and  another 12 will count toward my Ethics CEUS for both my Georgia Nursing and CCMC education requirements for renewals. Was it worth a week of vacation time… ABSOLUTELY.
    Here is a snap shot of information:
    • A full week of amazing education, networking, and exhibits.
    • Morning stretch out with yoga. OK, I did not do this but I heard about it.
    • Education tracks: Case Management: Innovative and Evidence Based Practice  Across the Continuum,  Population Health, Public Policy, Managed Care, Acute Care, Workers Compensation, and Ethics.
    • Kathy Fraser will be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019. 
    During the five day event:
    • Opening session, annual meeting, a business meeting, 3 key note speakers. 20 educational sessions, and 39 poster presentations
    • Half day Leadership Workshop
    • Ate 6 meals, and still consumed 5 million calories. *(Side note: we all got our “steps” in)*
    Key Note Speakers:Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, Anton Gunn and Colette Carlson
    • Chapter Mixer- Pin Swap. I won 2 tickets to The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil show and Michele Young won a Starbucks gift card.
    • Expo Hall- 161 vendors
    • Mandatory Duty to Warn in the Digital Age: Legal and Ethical Responsibility.
    • Hepatic Encephalopathy: The Pathway to Quality Care-Chronic Liver Disease.
    • Plan of Care: Collaboration with the Professional Team for Readmission Reduction. 
    • Teen Suicide: Heeding the Warning Signs Can Save A Life
    • A Case Managers Guide to Malpractice Prevention 
    • Heathcare at Your Fingertips: Telehealth for Case Managers.
    • Public Policy in Action: The Building Blocks for Healthcare Change.
    • Opioid Crisis and Legislation
    Opening Session: Kathy Fraser MSA,MHA, RN-BC.CCM, CRRN, CMSA Executive Director
    • 2016 Standards of Practice for Case Management. By Laws: Voted to revise to include “Professional” Case Manager
    • Average age of CM 53-54 years old
    • CMSA National Membership Provides: Free Educational Resource Library Open 24/7 Online education, Webinar recordings of over 160 CEU hours to choose from for RN,CCM,and SW,
    • Retired CM Membership $85.00 plus local chapter fee
                  74-75 CMSA Chapters, 3 in South Africa
    It was WONDERFUL! If you have never attended a national conference consider next year.
    Save the Date:
    The CMSA National Conference for 2020 will be held in Boston, Mass
    June 28- July 2, 2020.
    “30 years of Care Transitions Across the Full Continuum”
    If you want to earn your education hours locally come to our November conference. Hope to see you there.
    Carol Lawrimore, RN, MSN, CCM
    2019 CMSA Atlanta President