CMSA Mid-Atlantic Spring 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a global pandemic. This global health crisis is a unique challenge that has impacted us all. Governments around the world have issued restrictions on travel, gatherings, and meetings in an effort to limit and slow the spread of the virus. As we closely monitor the evolving impact, we are implementing ongoing measures to ensure the health and safety of our members, friends and the sponsors who support us. The CMSA Mid-Atlantic Chapter has made some changes to how we meet and interact. We are conducting board meetings remotely, have previously postponed our April Chapter meeting to May and now unfortunately we are postponing the May chapter meeting as well. We are actively looking for alternatives and more information will be sent out in the near future. These are unsettling times and COVID-19 is clearing impacting our personal and professional lives, and those that we love. We would like to express our concern and support for all the members of our community affected by this outbreak. Your Mid-Atlantic CMSA board of directors hopes for safe passage through this difficult period for all of us. Please take care, stay positive and find sometime for having fun and smiling. It is challenging operating under the current restrictions; however, we are confident we will get through this, together.

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CMSA Conference

An update from National CMSA on our 2020 CMSA Conference & Expo:

Currently we are still on track for continuing on with the conference as planned. With the event not being until June 28- July 2nd the CMSA conference cancellation policy

CMSA has eliminated the requirement of written notice of cancellation, allowing registrants to cancel, if necessary, by phone, email or other virtual method. In addition, the cancellation deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020. The refund will be the amount paid, minus $245 through June 1, 2020, in contrast to the standard policy which raises the fee during the month of May. Once we know the direction we will follow, there will also be other options available besides just cancelling.

In response to COVID-19 we will be calibrating as conditions develop and the facts are released, and will be sure to update you on any changes that may occur. Thank you for your patience in this uncertain time, and please stay safe and healthy!

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CCMC Updates

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CMSA Membership

Receive a $20 discount on National Membership. Use coupon code 


Offer valid until May 31, 2020

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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]

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National Nurse Act

On Tuesday March 3rd board members Felice Jordahl and Barbara Buono Kuritz visited House of Representative Madeline Deans office in Glenside Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the visit was to thank Madeline Dean for co-sponsoring the National Nurse Act of 2019 H.R. 1597.

The intent of the National Nurse Act is to strengthen the influence of the Chief Nurse Officer to address public health initiatives with emphasis on being a leading voice for public health and to encourage greater involvement of nurses.

We also took this opportunity to introduce our CMSA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the work that we do to support the development of the profession of case management.

Although Madeline Dean was not in her office, we were able to meet with her aide. Our messages and contact information were forwarded to her.

Contacting and visiting our legislators and supporting bills that affect case management professionals and our patients can influence health policy.

This visit to Representative Dean’s office served to meet our CMSA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s goal of highlighting our chapter’s mission and the importance of advocating for key legislative issues affecting case management.


For more information on bills that need your support visit:

For more information on The National Nurse Act of 2019 visit:



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CCMC and CMSA Discount Collaboration

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Social Work Month in March

Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

The theme for Social Work Month 2020 is Social Workers: Generations Strong.

As we enter a new decade it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations.

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National Public Health Week 2020

Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. In the workplace, let’s partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there.

During each day of National Public Health Week, we focus on a particular public health topic. Then, we identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.


COVID-19 and the NPHW Daily Themes

Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being

Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan

Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health

Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet

Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools

Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing

Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life

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Emergency response information from the NCSBN

Every state, territory, and the District of Columbia has now declared a state of emergency.

For states that do not participate in the NLC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which has been adopted by all states and territories (except American Samoa), governs how mutual aid is addressed by states in a time of emergency.

This means a Governor may declare what professions they are seeking to recruit from out of state and deem licenses of those out of state professionals valid in their state during a disaster declaration. Notably, a state licensing board does not have the authority to set aside EMAC law. Only the Governor of a state can set aside the law in an executive order. EMAC recommends that licensees bring a copy of their license(s) and certification(s) on any EMAC deployment as it may be needed for insurance purposes. Governors could potentially use EMAC authority to grant license reciprocity to health care providers offering telehealth services to patients in their state regardless of the provider’s geographic location.

While the NLC and EMAC are both interstate compacts, it is important to know that they do not legally conflict with one another. These compacts should be viewed as separate tools that states can use to address nursing workforce needs during an emergency declaration.

NCSBN is providing free fast-track nurse license verification through its Nursys e-Notify database for state and federal emergency response organizations that need to verify that their volunteers have current nursing licenses.


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Certified Nurse Day

Certified Nurses Day is a national day to honor and recognize the important achievements of Certified Nurses. Certified Nurses Day is March 19, the birthday of Margretta 'Gretta' Madden Styles, the renowned expert of nurse credentialing.



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Celebrate Nursing

As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses’ contributions to health and health care are vital. Given the depth and breadth of nursing, we believe it’s time to expand the traditional National Nurses Week to a month-long observance.


By having 31 days to honor the profession, we expand opportunities to recognize nurses’ contributions and to promote self-care and professional development. This also offers more time to engage with our communities, educate them about what we do, and encourage the next generation to choose nursing as a career.

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2020 The Year of the Nurse

Globally, the nursing profession is celebrating a milestone in 2020, as the World Health Organization declares it the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

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