Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) – Due to the widespread interest and continued need for a common body of knowledge for professionals in the case management industry, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is forming a cooperative alliance of education foundations, universities, professional societies, leading management organizations and health care professionals to develop the central Case Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK).
With broad industry support and input, the CMBOK will be a significant and widely accepted resource outlining the core areas of knowledge, skills, and abilities that all case management professionals should possess. “Case management professionals are at a key stage in their development,” said CMSA’s 2010-2011 President, Teri Treiger, RN-C, MA, CCM, CCP. “A well-articulated Case Management Body of Knowledge becomes a living resource which serves to advance the practice toward recognition as a profession through collaborative action around a common learning and career path structure.”
The development of the CMBOK will be an important foundation for the continued growth and recognition of the case management profession. With such a resource, accountable care organizations, purchasers, payers and employers will have a starting point for evaluating candidate qualifications, and legislators will have a point of reference for developing programs to promote the common good and protect the public. Likewise, the CMBOK will be a central resource for course and curriculum planning for academic and professional programs at four-year and two-year institutions.
“It is our hope that this essential Body of Knowledge will become the most comprehensive resource available for those seeking to assess and develop their expertise in the case management profession,” said Cheri A. Lattimer, RN, BSN, Executive Director for CMSA. “Additionally, the CMBOK will provide a career framework for those wanting to enter the case management profession, allowing interested individuals to confidently drive their own career development by acquiring skills and knowledge which are nationally recognized.”
In the upcoming weeks, CMSA will release additional details regarding the alliance’s roles and functions.