Commission leadership poised to take on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act and other changes to the health care delivery system
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commission for Case Manager Certification (the Commission) recently installed a new slate of officers for 2012/2013. The Commission is the oldest and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies case managers; it is celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2012 with more than 30,000 board-certified case managers.
These five volunteer leaders bring passion, commitment and diverse academic and professional experience to these leadership roles. Working with the Commission's executive team, board of commissioners and volunteers, they will advocate for professional case management excellence through certification and related programs and services.
Kathryn Serbin, BSN, MS, CCM, is the Commission's newly elected chair. She is section chief of the Women's Health Clinic and senior nurse, surgical clinics at the Ambulatory Care Center of the James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Facility in Chicago, a Veterans Health Administration system facility in North Chicago, IL. She is the facilitator of the Women Warrior Workshop for the Midwest Region Reserve Command Returning Warrior Workshop. She is Health Talk writer for the Association of the United States Navy Magazine. Serbin earned her master's degree in psychiatric nursing. She is the recipient of numerous Navy and Marine commendations and awards related to her years in active duty and reserve Navy service.
"Case managers serve a critical role in the new models of care that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions. I am honored to be entrusted with leadership of the Commission and its longstanding commitment to be the unified voice for all case managers," Serbin said. "The CCM® certification, in concert with our education programs and resources such as the Case Management Body of Knowledge®, positions the Commission as the body committed to promote, advance and advocate for the professional case manager. Board-certification of case managers is our primary responsibility, vital to protecting the future delivery of safe, high-quality, cost-efficient health care."
The other 2012/2013 officers are
- Immediate Past-Chair: Annette C. Watson, RN-BC, CCM, MBA, founder and principal, Watson International Consulting and senior vice president, Community Transformation Department, Taconic IPA in Fishkill, N.Y.
- Chair-elect: Sue Jensen, Ph.D., RN, CCM, MSCC, associate professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Treasurer: Gail Marcus, MBA, MSE, CPA, Healthcare Segment Leader, Tatum LLC, Waltham, Mass.
- Secretary: Barbara Johansson, RN, BSN, CCM, CPUM, vice president of Molina Pathways for Molina Healthcare, Inc., Bothell, Wash.
"Today's health care landscape offers expanding opportunities for professional and board-certified case managers to take the lead in new models of care that emphasize care transitions and care coordination," said Patrice Sminkey, the Commission's CEO. "These team-based approaches put the patient at the center of care. The professional case manager has the knowledge, training and skills to connect patients to the resources they need."
To learn more about workforce development and the role of case managers in the medical home and other team-based models of care, read the issue brief, "Cultivating the accountable case manager: New models of care, increased demand make robust workforce development essential."
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 30,000 professional case managers. The Commission is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that oversees the process of case manager certification with its CCM® credential. The Commission is positioned as the most active and prestigious certification organization supporting the practice of case management. For more information, visit www.ccmcertification.org, connect with CCMC on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CCM_Cert.
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