CMSA Mid-Atlantic Summer 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

We hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well. It's been a challenging year for the Mid Atlantic Chapter. We have kept our commitment to our membership by offering educational webinars in lieu of in person dinner meetings but we do miss seeing our members in person! The Board is working on new and innovative ways to continue to bring value to our members. Keep checking the website and our Facebook page for the latest news. We hope you have a Happy Summer!

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CMSA Conference

Congratulations to National CMSA for flawlessly taking the 30th annual conference from the Boston venue to VIRTUAL!  We hope you were able to attend. 


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Awarding winning Chapter!

The Mid Atlantic Chapter received the 2020 Excellence and Innovation Award for Membership Development at the 30th CMSA Annual Virtual Conference. We were also nominated again for Excellence in Education for 2020, an award we won in 2019.


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Pat Agius, our Mid Atlantic Chapter Vice President / President Elect has been elected to the Board of the CMSA Foundation. Suzanne Kunze will replace Pat as our Chapter Ambassador to the Foundation.




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Member Spotlight

Two of our members presented at the 30th Annual CMSA Conference. 

Nicholas Andrew Duko, MSW, LCSW, CHCM, CCM presented a poster on Dual Case Management for Medically Complex Members in Managed Medicaid and Rachel Rene Gorichky, BSN, RN-BC, CMC, CCCTM presented a poster on RN and SW Care Managers Professional Ladder Development and also participated in a roundtable discussion on Case Manager Conversations: Strengthening Our Voice to Increase our Influence in Health Care. Kudos to both for great presentations!

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Welcome New Members

We continue to grow! Welcome to all of you who have joined our chapter this year. We are delighted to welcome you and are here to serve you!

Maureen Brigham                           

Mary Larrieu                     

Melissa Maguire             

Jennifer Wert Benz                         

Linda Trenkle                    

Jennifer Miller                  

Tracy Pearson                   

Lisa Ann Toomey                             

Elizabeth Walker                             

Denise E Engelsen                         

Joanne B. Freyvogel                      

Shelley D Grant               

Susan Mellon                    

Carolyn D. Rule                 

Randall Kerry Fritz                           

Barbara A. Gillis                

Barbara Schlager                           

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Bylaws Updated

The National CMSA Board of Directors along with the Bylaws Committee presented their recommended revisions to CMSA members that were voted on and approved and installed at the Annual Meeting on June 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

To assure that Mid Atlantic CMSAs chapter Bylaws are in compliance with the CMSA National Bylaws and adhere to the overall mission and goals of the organization, the Mid Atlantic CMSA Board of Directors have amended our bylaws to also include “professional” in front of case manager to further define the role of the case manager.

The Bylaws were amended and ratified by the Mid Atlantic CMSA Board of Directors and shared with our members via email on May 23, 2020.

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CCMC Updates


       The Commission for Case Manager Certification® (the Commission)   and   the American Case Management Association (ACMA)  forged a collaborative agreement to recognize their respective continuing education offerings. The collaboration will improve access to professional development and continuing education for tens of thousands of case managers nationwide.

Both ACMA and the Commission share a vision for developing a knowledgeable, prepared case manager workforce. Under the agreement, the ACMA recognizes the Commission's educational offerings plus thousands of courses available through the Commission's Pre-Approved Continuing Education (PACE) program. Similarly, the Commission agrees to recognize ACMA's continuing education offerings. Both organizations acknowledge the dedication and knowledge base of the case management professionals who earn certification.

Any ACM or CCM holder can apply continuing education credit that is pre-approved from either organization beginning July 1, 2020. This collaboration simplifies certification renewal for those who hold both credentials. A single course can now be applied towards renewal for two certifications—essentially giving busy case managers more courses to choose from while reducing the time and money they spend to meet continuing education requirements. The goal of this collaboration is to support case managers with relevant continuing education that's both simple to access and that enhances the knowledge they bring to this important work.

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The PA NLC bill has passed the Senate on a 50-0 vote! The bill has now moved to the House. PA is going on summer break until September 15th so the House will pick up the bill then.

Due to the pandemic, NJ, though not implementing the Compact until the 4th Qtr. of this year, has allowed & will continue to allow, Nurses with a Compact License to work/practice in NJ.

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CEU offering

NCSBN’s   International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) is offering a series of free online COVID-19 courses for health care professionals.  Three of the four courses offer continuing education credit upon completion. The courses were designed to provide new, established and returning nurses with training and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The courses include:  COVID-19: Epidemiology, Modes of Transmission and Protecting Yourself with PPE, COVID-19: Nursing Care, COVID-19: Basic Law and Ethics for Nurses during COVID-19, COVID-19: Credible Information, Hoaxes and the Media


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NLC webinars

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Leadership opportunities

We are seeking members who are interested in becoming involved in our organizational leadership.

Please consider joining us as a board member. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will see this as an opportunity to not only serve your CMSA chapter but to also advance your career in case management.

The term for all executive committee positions (excluding Director positions) is a one (2) year term

Position Descriptions

VP/PRESIDENT ELECT: Serves as President Elect and steps up to the office of President at the end of the term. Performs the duties of the President in the event that the President is unable to serve. Performs other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors. This commitment generally requires 12-15 hours per month, which includes board meetings.

SECRETARY: Provides for the proper recordings of proceedings of the Society, Board of Directors, and all Committees. Maintains accurate membership records, which includes mailings to members. This commitment generally requires 8 - 10 hours per month, which includes Board meetings.

TREASURER: Responsible for ALL the Chapters funds, accounts and securities. Responsible for the collection of dues, assessments, fees and charges, responsible for the deposit and disbursements of all money in the name of the Society in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories, as shall be selected by the Board of Directors in each fiscal year. Prepares the annual report, which reflects the management review audit of a CPA, as determined by the Board of Directors. At the expiration of the term, delivers ALL books, money and other properties in the Treasurer’s custody and control to the President. Performs all duties incident to the office and other duties that may be assigned by the President. This position generally requires 8 - 10 hours per month, which includes Board meetings.

DIRECTOR: Serves as a member of the governing body of the Society. Responsible for supervising, controlling, and directing the affairs of the Chapter, its’ committees and publications. Determines its’ policies and changes therein. Actively prosecutes its’ objectives and supervises the disbursements of its’ funds. As a member of the Board of Directors, the full board may adapt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its’ business as shall be deemed advisable, and may, in the execution of the powers granted, delegate certain of it’s authority to the Executive Committee This commitment generally requires 8-10 hours per month which includes Board meetings.

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Career Center

Please consider our website for your recruitment needs! Looking for a powerful recruitment resource for your staffing needs? We can help! Post your open case management positions on our website. We provide a 90-day posting that includes an email blast to our membership and an announcement at our chapter meetings.   Our membership includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Please contact us for more details at: [email protected]

Please visit our website at:


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Calendar of Events

The Mid Atlantic chapter will be offering webinars starting this September. We will resume our normal chapter meeting  schedule of the second Thursday of the month for our webinars until we can once again have in person chapter meetings. Please save the dates and webinar information for the rest of the year will be sent out soon! 

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CMSA presents CMAG for 2020

Case Management Adherence Guide (CMAG)
Our Case Management Adherence Guide (CMAG) serves the professional care management community as the standard by which case managers can advance assistance, coaching and monitoring efforts with the goal of ultimately improving care delivery and patient outcomes.

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Educational Webinars

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