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Public Policy Update: Federal Court Orders Appeal Rights on "Observation Status" Issue for Certain Medicare Hospital Patients


Posted on: 3/25/2020

Latest U.S. District Court ruling provides additional evidence for the need to change the Medicare Observation Status. View Full Posting

Public Policy Update: COVID-19 CMS and Telehealth Guidance


Posted on: 3/18/2020

CMS Guidance for PACE and Telemedicine View Full Posting

Public Policy Update: COVID-19 Capitol Hill Initiatives


Posted on: 3/17/2020

Further observation of Capitol Hill initiatives as legislators prepare relief packages for individuals and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus View Full Posting

Public Policy Update: COVID-19 Response Package


Posted on: 3/16/2020

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill prepare relief packages for individuals and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus View Full Posting

CMS Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet - COVID-19


Posted on: 3/15/2020

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fact sheet detailing the waivers available under the Emergency Declaration announced on Friday. View Full Posting

CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests


Posted on: 3/6/2020

On March 5, 2020, CMS released information on a second Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code that can be used by laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases. View Full Posting

CMS Issues Updates on the MOON, Important Message and Detailed Notice Discharge


Posted on: 1/17/2020

The MOON, Important Message and Detailed Notice of Discharge are three CMS required forms well known to hospitals and health systems case management practice. These three forms were recently updated. Please review a brief synopsis below View Full Posting

CMS Announces Final Discharge Planning Rule: Compliance due by Nov. 29


Posted on: 11/16/2019

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Congress Passes Opioid Bill, President to Sign


Posted on: 10/4/2018

Great news from Washington! With your support, Congress took a historic step in the fight against the opioid epidemic... View Full Posting

Legislators Expected to Vote on Final Opioid Bill Starting Tomorrow


Posted on: 9/27/2018

ACMA members are encouraged to contact legislators as soon as possible and urge them to vote for H.B. 6. View Full Posting

Senate Passes Opioid Legislation


Posted on: 9/18/2018

In a 99-1 vote yesterday, the Senate passed a bipartisan package of 70 bills to combat the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. The package includes… View Full Posting

Senate Poised to Pass Comprehensive Opioid Legislation Next Week


Posted on: 9/13/2018

On Monday, the Senate is expected to pass the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018—a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals recommended by five different committees... View Full Posting

Urban Institute Study Shows Health Insurance Coverage Increases


Posted on: 7/17/2018

On July 1st, the Urban Institute announced the findings of a study that examined the change in the number of uninsured in America... View Full Posting

Covering Observation Stays Toward 3 Day Stay Requirement


Posted on: 5/29/2018

Members of Congress Joe Courtney and Glenn Thompson submitted a letter to Ways and Means Committee members last week in support of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1421... View Full Posting

Secretary of Health and Human Services Confirmed by Senate


Posted on: 1/25/2018

Yesterday, the Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Alex Azar, a former Eli-Lily executive, to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)... View Full Posting

Announcements

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

ACMA members play an important role as a patient advocate to the organizations and communities they serve. We are thinking of you during these unprecedented times. Stay tuned for updates and resources about COVID-19. Learn More >>>

Health Care Legislation Related to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

ACMA is monitoring all legislative activities related to COVID-19, especially those related to health care services. We will be posting updates from CMS, CDC, state departments of health when appropriate and any new information concerning legislation on Capitol Hill to the ACMA public policy updates page. ACMA is actively working with our lobbyist and advocacy arm to ensure you are informed and that we are informing our legislators of your needs. Learn More >>>

2020 ACMA Virtual National Conference: Adapt. Innovate. Elevate.

We know many of you were looking forward to the 2020 ACMA National Conference in Chicago. The COVID-19 outbreak, however, has forced us all to adapt and use innovative ways to rise above so we can continue to elevate our practice. ACMA is adapting with you to bring education and networking directly to you. The 2020 ACMA Virtual National Conference—including on-demand education and exhibitor resources—will be offered this summer and we hope you will choose to be part of this new and innovative experience. Get a sneak peek at the speakers and topics confirmed thus far. Registration will be opening soon. Meet the Speakers >>>

2021 ACMA National Conference Location Announced

We hope you will join us for the 28th Annual National Case Management and Transitions of Care Conference and 22nd Annual ACMA Meeting in Orlando. The 2021 ACMA National Conference will take place April 11-14 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Learn More >>>

Stay Connected with Your ACMA Member Advantage | On-Demand Webinars

Now more than ever is the time to stay connected with your ACMA community—even with increased workloads and social distancing guidelines amidst COVID-19. Access your members-only section of the ACMA website to gain access to resources and stay connected. In the CE Center you can watch on-demand video webinars and earn ACM continuing education credit. Nine new webinars were added just last week! Log In and Learn Today >>>

Webinar Recording | Coronavirus: The Impact on Case Management and Transitions of Care

The webinar, Coronavirus: The Impact on Case Management & Transitions of Care, was held exclusively for ACMA members on April 3. If you were able to attend, we hope you found the discussion and resources helpful. The recording is now available on-demand for all ACMA members to access at your convenience. In addition, we encourage you to continue the conversation on Learning Link—your online community of 9,000 case management and transitions of care professionals. Let's continue to support one another as we navigate COVID-19 together. Access the Webinar Recording and Join the Conversation on Learning Link >>>

Transitions of Care Pilot Results

ACMA convened case management leaders from across the care continuum to develop the Transitions of Care Standards to be applicable across all care settings. In 2019, we conducted early demonstration projects with organizations recommended by the TOC Executive Steering committee. As findings are submitted, we will post them to the Transitions of Care website. Read the first two case studies >>>

Educate Your Staff Safely and Conveniently with Compass

ACMA is here for you during this challenging and unprecedented time. Having a well-trained and knowledgeable staff is critical but is harder than ever in today's environment. Compass online learning system not only teaches and tests solid foundational knowledge in case management and physician advisory practices, but it also offers a safe pathway to standardized training, as all courses can be completed without ever leaving your facility. Now until August 1, new customers enjoy 50% off annual fees with a 3-year commitment. Learn more and subscribe now. >>>

Validate Your Expertise Through Professional Certification

The Accredited Case Manager (ACM) Certification is for health care delivery system case management professionals and tests core case management knowledge that is shared by nurse and social work case managers. Case Management Administrator Certification (CMAC) validates the competency of case management administrators, managers and aspiring leaders and promotes professional practice standards. If you are not yet certified, we encourage you to apply and enhance your professional practice by putting a credential after your name. The next application deadline is May 15 in order to test in July-September. ACM >>> CMAC >>>

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