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Nominations due today: ACMA National Board of Directors
Nominations for individuals who will lead your association until 2017 are due today, Nov. 26.

This year ACMA members will elect three board positions: one nurse board member-at-large and two social worker board members-at-large. (Consistent with ACMA's collaborative philosophy, the National Board of Directors maintains an equal number of Nurse and Social Worker board members. Candidates must be members of ACMA in good standing).

Members-at-Large will serve a two-year term beginning at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix on April 28, 2015, and ending at the 2017 Annual Meeting (date and location TBD).

Responsibilities include three to four live meetings and five to six conference call board meetings annually, assignments as Board Liaison to Chapters and Committees, and other leadership responsibilities. For more information on board responsibilities and the nomination process, download the Call for Nominations Information Page.

Click here to submit your nominations to the ACMA National Office. Nominations must be received today, Nov. 26, 2014. Elections will be held in early 2015.
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Happy Thanksgiving from ACMA!
We at the National Office are thankful for all of our members, and we wish you a happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
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Bon Secours Health System deploys IT suite to prevent readmissions
Becker's Hospital Review
Marriottsville, Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System has implemented a combination of inHEALTH and Phytel IT solutions to address readmission reduction. The health system implemented a solution called Compass, which marries Phytel Transition's post-discharge patient engagement technology with inHEALTH's care management contact center.
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Seven Free CEs currently available to ACMA members in online CE center
Have you visited the CE Center within the Members Only section of the ACMA website? The CE Center provides members with access to free continuing education opportunities, such as ACMA's bimonthly journal, Collaborative Case Management and recorded webinars. There are issues of Collaborative Case Management and webinars available online now, and each offers free CEs to members who view/read and complete the accompanying quizzes or evaluations. Check out the CE Center and earn free CEs today at
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For your holiday star: A gift for the person who has everything
Are you having difficulty coming up with gift ideas for that person who has everything? Recognize those who mean the most to you — your "holiday stars" — by honoring them with a donation to ACMA in their name. Clients, colleagues, family, friends, directors, staff, physician advisors, departments, chapters, hospitals/healthcare delivery systems, mentors and more — honor them all as your stars this holiday season.

By making a donation to ACMA and recognizing your holiday star(s), their name will be listed: in ACMA's Collaborative Case Management journal, in ACMA's briefCASE e-newsletter and on the ACMA website. All proceeds support ACMA's fundraising efforts, and as ACMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

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  We Are The Evidence

MCG became part of Hearst Corporation in 2012 and continues to produce evidence-based clinical guidance as part of the Hearst Health network. We remain committed to our heritage as a leading provider of evidence-based care guidance with an ongoing commitment to help clients drive quality care while controlling costs.

AHA toolkit targets preventable admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions
AHA News Now
The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems reduce preventable inpatient admissions for "ambulatory care sensitive conditions." These are conditions that could be avoided with adequate primary care, such as asthma, low back pain and uncomplicated pneumonia.
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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?


Why patient engagement is key to improving health, reducing costs
The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform recently hosted "The State of Accountable Care: Evidence to Date and Next Steps" to discuss the development, challenges and potential future for accountable care efforts across the country. Sean Cavanaugh, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, kicked off the event, and highlighted progress and challenges of the Medicare ACO program and potential regulatory changes that could be included in the soon to be released Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule.
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Senators introduce bill to fund 'Ebola treatment hubs'
AHA News Now
Sens. Edward Markey and Rob Portman introduced legislation to fund the establishment of limited "Ebola treatment hubs," regionally designated hospitals to provide care for Ebola patients. Hospitals would voluntarily seek designation under the program, which would be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Target to offer primary care services in new clinic model
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Target is testing a new model for its in-store health clinics in a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, a prominent healthcare provider. The Minneapolis-based retailer will offer a wider array of medical services including primary and pediatric care, women's wellness exams and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure in four new Target Clinics opening in Southern California that are part of the collaboration.
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HHS closing plan loophole on hospital benefits
The Obama administration took another step to close what many see as a health-law loophole that allows large employers to offer medical plans without hospital coverage and bars their workers from subsidies to buy their own insurance. "It has come to our attention that certain group health plan designs that provide no coverage of inpatient hospital services are being promoted," the Department of Health and Human Services said in proposed rules issued.
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Dec. 13 Greater Houston Chapter conference Houston, Texas Details
March 11, 2015 Ohio Chapter Conference Columbus, Ohio Details
April 26-29, 2015 ACMA 2015 National Conference Phoenix, Arizona Details

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