April Monthly Meeting Come celebrate 25 years of CMSA Mid-Atlantic chapter!! It's our Silver Anniversary!

April 11, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Double Tree Hotel In Plymouth Meeting
640 Fountain Rd
Plymouth Meeting , PA 19462
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Come join us for our 25th Anniversary!!   Cash bar and social hour at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. 

Speaker: Kathleen Fraser MSN MHA RN-BC CCM CRRN,
Exec Dir CMSA
“Opioid Issues” – Impact on Case Management   2CEUs CCM Ethics; Nursing & SW approved credits

The Opioid Crisis Continues

Deaths from prescription opioid painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. Opioid analgesics are now responsible for more deaths than the number of deaths from suicide, motor vehicle crashes, cocaine and heroin overdoses combined. In 2011, the escalating use of therapeutic opioids showed hydrocodone topped all prescriptions with 136.7 million prescriptions; and all narcotic analgesics exceeded 238 million prescriptions.   Improving the way prescription painkillers are prescribed can reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from these powerful drugs, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective treatment.           

Prescription monitoring and nurse case managers can combat the problem.  If a nurse case manager is not already assigned to a lost time claim, the issuance of a prescription to the injured employee for any narcotic should be an automatic trigger to assign that claim to the nurse case manager. If a nurse case manager is already assigned to the claim, the nurse should discuss with the treating physician the use of short-acting opioids rather than long-acting opioids. Careful monitoring of the opioid use by both the pharmacy benefit management company and the nurse case manager is essential to holding down the cost of the claim and preventing opioid addiction.  Workers’ compensation stakeholders must confront the inappropriate use of narcotics in the system. Injured workers are suffering, and employers are paying for the unintended consequences of these drugs.


Recall statistical data of opioid abuse.

Describe the issues impacting Opioid usages and misuse.

List the challenges of opioid usage and Workers Compensation.

Define State regulations for opioids.

Summarize current Legislature discussions.

Biographic Information

Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN. Kathy is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Case Manager, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and Board Certified in Case Management with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Nursing and also a Masters’ Degree in Health Care Administration. Kathy has been a nurse for over 38 years beginning with Hospital nursing which included Emergency Room, Labor & Delivery and as a Director of Nursing. Kathy became a Case Manager over 23 years ago, creating the 1st Case Management Department for a national hospital, long term care company.

Kathy recently finished a two-year term as the National President, and is currently the Executive Director for the Case Management Society of America’s National Board of Director’s. She has served on the Role Delineation and Expert Panel Committees of the American Nurses Association Certification Council for Case Management. Over the past 23 years she has served 5 previous Chapter Presidency terms in Houston and is a past Houston/Gulf Coast CMSA Case Manager of the Year. Kathy is active with the National COPD Foundation and author of the CMSA CMAG on COPD. She also serves as an advisor for the NQF and as a board member of URAC.

In June 2016, Kathy was presented CMSA’s prestigious National Case Manager of the Year Award. In recent years, she was also selected by SEAK, Inc. and the National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine”.


$15.00 Member Ticket

$30.00 Non Member Ticket