CMSA, CCMC strike collaborative agreement for professional case manager development

Posted on 06/13/2017 - 11:57 AM

Sandy Mau
Health2 Resources

Monica Capogna

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, LITTLE ROCK, AR, June 15, 2017— The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) announced an agreement today to work collaboratively to promote case manager professional development. CMSA will promote and support the CCM certification and, in turn, CCMC will promote and support membership in CMSA’s case management association.

The collaboration is a natural one between the oldest and largest non-membership NCCA-accredited case manager certification body and the oldest and largest case management membership organization. While their roles are separate, both share a similar vision: advancing professional case managers in their career paths to ensure high quality, ethical practice benefitting patients and their families.

“Case managers play a pivotal role in today’s team-based health care models emphasizing coordinated, effective care delivery,” said MaryBeth Kurland, CAE, the Commission’s CEO. “Our emphasis to prepare and develop a viable case manager workforce aligns with CMSA’s. By working collaboratively with the premier case manager membership organization, we strengthen our health care system, enabling a workforce that’s ready to meet today’s health care needs.” 

The Commission’s Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) credential, held by more than 42,000 case managers, is cross-cutting across settings and applicable to professionals from a range of training backgrounds, validating quality and ethical practice. The Commission also oversees the field’s professional code of conduct. The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the full health care continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy and creating and sustaining the Standards of Practice for Case Management.

“For decades, CMSA and CCMC have been dedicated to the professional growth of case managers as they navigate their careers in an ever-changing health care system,” says CMSA Executive Director Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN. “Through this collaborative, two premier organizations in the case management field are now working together to establish a roadmap for the future of case management education, certification and recognition.”

“Our collaboration will enrich the case manager community,” says Mary McLaughlin Davis, DNP, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, CCM, CMSA national president. “We are natural partners, working to enhance quality outcomes for our patients and case managers.”

This represents a joint commitment to advance case managers, who help patients get the physical, emotional, social and financial support to achieve optimal health, says Jane Harkey, RN-BC, MSW, CCM, Commission chair.  “CMSA shares our vision. Collaboration is a win for case managers and employers who look for the CCM as the mark of professional excellence.”

Under the agreement, CMSA members will receive a 20 percent discount when applying for the CCM as well as upon renewal. Those who hold the CCM certification will receive a 20 percent discount for CMSA membership.

About the Commission for Case Manager Certification
The Commission for Case Manager Certification is the first and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies more than 42,000 professional case managers and over 2,500 disability management specialists. The Commission is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that oversees the process of case manager certification with its CCM® credential. The Commission also oversees the process of disability management specialist certification with its CDMS® credential. The Commission is positioned as the most active and prestigious certification organization supporting the practice of case management. For more information, visit, connect with the Commission on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CCM_Cert.

About the Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. CMSA serves more than 36,000 members, subscribers and participants, and over 80 local and international chapters through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and established standards to advance the profession. For more information, visit or follow CMSA on Twitter @CMSANational.