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Feb. 15 is the final day to apply for the ACM certification
Your next opportunity to sign up for the ACM certification ends Feb. 15, 2015 — applications and payment must be received by the ACMA National Office by this date.

The Health Care Standard
According to the 2013 National Hospital Case Management Survey, nearly half (47 percent) of case management departments prefer the ACM certification — the preferences of the remaining 53 percent of departments are divided among 4 certifications, with the ACM leading the next most preferred certification by more than 20 percent.

What are you waiting for?
If you are not yet ACM certified, apply now at and put the ACM credential after your name.
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'Observation' lawsuit remanded to district court for discovery
AHA News Now
The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut must review whether Medicare beneficiaries challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' use of observation status have a property interest under the federal Due Process Clause in being admitted to their hospitals as inpatients, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled.
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CMS: Population health management reduces admissions, ER use
HealthIT Analytics
Two population health management initiatives that focus on increasing the use of primary care providers have reaped significant results for patients, says CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway. The Comprehensive Primary Care and Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration have reduced hospital admissions by 2 percent, cut emergency department use by 3 percent, and saved approximately $4.2 million, according to a report and blog post detailing the results.
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Jan. 31 is the final day for existing Compass users to save on version 2.0
To say "thank you," existing Compass users receive special pricing on the 2.0 update through Jan. 31, 2015. Update pricing for existing users begins at $450 per facility (small facility, ACMA member rate) and $600 per facility (standard facility, ACMA member rate). To take advantage of these special "loyalty discounts," login to your Compass account at and click on the yellow "pre-order" bar at the top of the screen.

For more information and pricing, visit, or contact Aaron Van Son at 501-907-2262 or to schedule a demonstration.

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Find your dream job on career link
ACMA's Career Link provides a resource for case management professionals to locate employment and advancement opportunities. There are currently a variety of case management-related positions listed on Career Link — from patient care navigators to directors of case management — in locations nationwide. Learn more at

Featured Listing:
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Support ACMA, support your practice
ACMA is working to ensure case management has a seat at the table when decisions are being made and legislation and regulations are developed that will impact your daily practice. But in order to continue to make a difference and ensure your voice is heard, we need your assistance. Be an advocate and support ACMA today.

Your donation will support fellow ACMA members as they advocate on behalf of case management professionals nationwide in meetings with CMS and Congress. Specifically, these funds will help send case management professionals to Capitol Hill to represent case management's interests and ACMA's legislative priorities.

Note: ACMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

For opportunities to donate and support ACMA, visit

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Register now for the 2015 ACMA National Conference
Registration now for the 2015 ACMA National Conference, April 26-29 in Phoenix, Arizona.

This year's conference will feature new events and educational opportunities, including primary care sessions and intensive workshops. We are also excited to announce this year's keynote speaker — Dr. Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

For more information and online registration, go to

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To change the email address at which you receive Learning Link, enroll in Learning Link for the first time, or update your settings - regular or digest version — follow these simple steps:
  1. Login to the Members Only section of the ACMA website at with your member username and password
  2. Click on the green "LL" or "Learning Link Settings" button on the right-hand side of the page
  3. Select your preferred email address for Learning Link or enter a new email address, and select your preferred delivery method
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Your Expert in Care Transitions
Working with VITAS Healthcare, case managers help their most fragile patients make care transitions from hospital to home, from curative to palliative, from chronic to end-stage.

Don’t confuse case management with UR. In tomorrow’s marketplace, managing progression- of-care will take center stage. Are you ready?


House schedules health law repeal vote for next week
Kaiser Health News
The House will vote on an effort to repeal the overhaul fully. It has already voted three times this month on bills to chip away at the law, including a measure to establish a full-time workweek as 40 hours instead of 30. The House will vote next week on a bill to undermine the 2010 healthcare overhaul in what will be close to the 60th time over the last four years.
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Blizzard forces hospitals to get creative
In the face of a roaring blizzard, New England hospitals showed their creativity and their compassion in ensuring continued care for their patients. From police escorts to cross country skis, doctors and nurses did all they could to get to work. After disasters like the Boston Marathon bombing and Hurricane Sandy, hospitals have bulked up their preparedness plans, FierceHealthcare previously reported. The recent blizzard shines a spotlight on the creativity of Boston-area hospitals.
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Long-term heart health initiative pays off in Maine
Modern Healthcare
The value of sustained initiatives targeting population health appears borne out by a dip in hospitalization and mortality rates associated with a community-wide cardiovascular disease prevention program in Maine. The program is a cooperative project of local community groups and staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington, Maine, to help residents of Franklin County, a rural, low-income area with more than 22,000 residents in 1970. They started out in 1974 seeking to address hypertension and later expanded their reach to cholesterol, smoking, diet and physical activity.
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5 percent of seniors discharged from ER admitted within days
Physician's Briefing
Nearly 5 percent of older Medicare beneficiaries seen in the emergency department have a hospital inpatient admission within seven days after discharge, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Gelareh Z. Gabayan, M.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues evaluated emergency department visits for 505,315 Medicare beneficiaries in 2007 using the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development files.
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Don't cut other caregivers to pay for physician fix, AHA tells House panel
AHA News Now
Congress should replace the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate for physician payment with a system that adequately reimburses physicians over the long haul, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock Jan. 22 told a House healthcare panel. But he said the AHA "cannot support any proposal to fix the physician payment problem at the expense of funding for services provided by other caregivers."
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Date Event Location More Info
Feb. 21 Arizona Chapter Conference Scottsdale, Arizona Details
Feb. 26 Southern California Chapter Anaheim, California Details
Mar. 11 Ohio Chapter Conference Columbus, Ohio Details
Mar. 14 Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Details
April 26-29 ACMA 2015 National Conference Phoenix, Arizona Details

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