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Because Having Well-Qualified Case Managers Is Increasingly Important, the Commission for Case Manager Certification Has Made Changes to Its Eligibility Criteria for Those Seeking to Become Board-Certified Case Managers



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WITH AN AGING "BABY BOOMER"-GENERATION--AND MORE CHRONIC-DISEASE--THE DEMAND FOR BETTER-COORDINATED AND MORE-PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTHCARE IS EXPLODING.  ACCORDING TO THE "COMMISSION FOR CASE-MANAGER CERTIFICATION", HAVING WELL-QUALIFIED CASE-MANAGERS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER.  PATRICE SMINKEY [AS IN "SLINKY"] IS THE COMMISSION'S C-E-O...

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HEALTHCARE TODAY IS COMPLEX:  A PATIENT MAY SEE MULTIPLE DOCTORS, SPECIALISTS, AND EVEN PHARMACISTS.  TOO OFTEN, THERE'S NO ONE PERSON COORDINATING PATIENT-CARE.  PROFESSIONAL CASE-MANAGERS STAND UP FOR THE PATIENT:  THEY DESIGN AND MONITOR CARE-PLANS; IMPROVE COMMUNICATION; EVALUATE PATIENT-PROGRESS; AND TRACK OUTCOMES.  THEY ENSURE [THAT] PATIENTS GET THE SERVICES [THAT ARE] NEEDED--WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED THEM.  CERTIFIED CASE-MANAGERS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY HAVE THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE TO GET THE JOB DONE.  THEY CONNECT THE DOTS, IN A COMPLEX HEALTHCARE-WORLD."

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SMINKEY ADDS THAT CASE-MANAGERS COME FROM A RANGE OF BOTH PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDS.  THE COMMISSION RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO ITS ELIGIBILITY-CRITERIA FOR THOSE SEEKING TO BECOME BOARD-CERTIFIED CASE-MANAGERS.  WHILE, TODAY, MORE THAN 90-PERCENT OF CASE-MANAGERS ARE REGISTERED-NURSES, THE NEW CRITERIA ARE MORE INCLUSIVE OF THE ALLIED HEALTH-DISCIPLINES--INCLUDING SOCIAL-WORK AND POPULATION-HEALTH.  NEW EDUCATION-REQUIREMENTS OPEN ELIGIBILITY TO THOSE WITH A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE IN A HEALTH- OR HUMAN-SERVICES AREA.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "C-C-M-CERTIFICATION"-DOT-ORG.



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