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Monday, March 02, 2009

Case Management Society of America Supports ONN Initative

Thank you to President Jeff Frater and the Board of Directors of the Case Management Society of America for their recent endorsement of the Office of the National Nurse initiative. According to their website,
"Founded in 1990, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) has grown to be the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. It is based in Little Rock, AR, and serves more than 11,000 members, 20,000 subscribers, and 70 chapters through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and establishing standards to advance the profession."

Here is a copy of their letter of support:

February 4, 2009

The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515

Dear Representative Capps:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the support of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) for the Office of the National Nurse initiative. After careful consideration by the Board of Directors, the Public Policy Committee, and our membership at large, we have concluded that the ONN initiative encourages many of the strategies that we, as a professional organization, believe to be key initiatives to improving the healthcare of our citizens and controlling escalating healthcare costs. Most notably these initiatives support the work that case managers across the continuum of care perform each day as they emphasize preventative care and empower patients toward self-management. Case managers also encourage collaboration between all health care professionals in order to break down silos that cause fragmentation throughout the healthcare system.

The practice of case management is a multidisciplinary practice, made up of nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals who care for patients in every setting throughout the continuum. Case managers work collaboratively with all members of the healthcare team as well as with the patient and the family to ensure patients at risk receive safe, quality evidence-based medicine, in the least restrictive environment for the most cost effective price.

The Case Management Society of America is the largest not-for-profit professional organization supporting those in the practice of case management. CSMA takes great efforts in all of our actions, to reduce the natural tendency to create and build higher silos within healthcare.

We are very pleased to offer this letter of support to ONN, working with you in your efforts. By way of this letter, you have permission to include our name and logo in promotion of the initiative.

Thank you,
Jeff Frater RN, BSN
Case Management Society of America

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, March 02, 2009  

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