Commission for Case Manager Certification and Catholic Health Team to Prepare Case Managers for Board Certification

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August 1, 2014

The Commission for Case Manager Certification (the Commission) is teaming with Catholic Health to offer an unprecedented workforce training opportunity to nurses and social services professionals. It is the latest in an expanded educational effort by the Commission to enhance case manager knowledge and meet the demand for a well-prepared workforce.

The Commission will bring its Case Management Certification Workshop to Catholic Health from Oct. 21-22, 2014. The in-depth training will prepare some 60 professionals to sit for the Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) credentialing exam. The workshop will be held in Catholic Health’s new state-of-the-art Administrative & Regional Training Center in downtown Buffalo, which also serves as its corporate headquarters.

The Commission, with more than 35,000 board-certified case managers, is the oldest and largest nationally accredited organization certifying case managers. Although it has recently hosted certification workshops in its New Jersey office, this is the first time it will bring the highly-regarded workshop to a health provider’s education site.

“Catholic Health has a tradition of supporting employees with workforce training opportunities, from tuition reimbursement to hosting an RN bachelor’s degree program,” said Patrice Sminkey, the Commission’s CEO. “As accountable care organizations like Catholic Health and medical homes emphasize better care coordination and improved care transitions, training a cadre of highly skilled, knowledgeable case managers ensures Catholic Health will have the people it needs to meet these new demands.”

“In today’s rapidly changing health care environment, case managers are integral members of the health care team,” said Cheryl Friedman, vice president of care management for Catholic Health. “Helping our case managers achieve this certification recognizes the importance of their professional development, promotes quality practices and enhances the care and service we provide our patients.”

Scholarships Provided for 42 Case Managers

With grant funding from New York’s Health Workforce Retraining Initiative, Catholic Health will provide scholarships for 42 case managers to attend the workshop and take the CCM exam. The candidates come not only from Catholic Health’s integrated health system, but also from physician practices that are part of Catholic Medical Partners.

Case Managers Throughout WNY Eligible to Participate

The Commission has reserved an additional 18 places for case managers from across the region to participate in the workshop. Click here for details and to register.

Certification Workshop to be Held  in Washington, DC

Sminkey said the Commission will host a certification workshop Oct. 9-10 in its Washington, DC office as part of its continuing commitment to education and professional development. Another learning opportunity will be offered through the Commission’s CMLearning Network’s series of education webinars this fall, at no charge to attend. Case managers can access professional knowledge resources online at any time (and earn up to 57 continuing education credits) through the Commission’s Case Management Body of Knowledge.™