MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breast cancer will interrupt life for more than 230,000 American women this year who get a new diagnosis. The Commission for Case Manager Certification® today announced new resources for case managers to help those diagnosed with advanced breast cancer—stages 4 and 5—to navigate the myriad physical, emotional and financial decisions that come with the territory. The resources are available at no cost via the Commission's online knowledge resource, the Case Management Body of Knowledge®.
Case managers often help patients with complex and chronic illnesses obtain the care they need. In the midst of the chaotic maze of treatment options and reimbursement issues that come with an advanced breast cancer diagnosis, patients and their families depend on case managers for compassionate, professional guidance.
The advanced breast cancer e-Case Manager Toolkit, developed by Novartis Oncology, provides useful information and tools for case managers to share with caregivers and patients, including the latest cancer decision-making guidelines on therapies, disease progression teaching tools and checklists for tracking care.
"These tools are designed specifically for case managers to support patients and their caregivers with the latest information from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and to ensure effective, efficient care," said Patrice Sminkey, the Commission's CEO. "For more than 20 years we've set the standard with our research-based case management certification exam. Our continuing mission, vision and values support scientific knowledge development and dissemination."
Case managers are at the center of changes in health care delivery, from managing care transitions to care coordination in team-based care models. The Commission's Case Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK®) is a detailed, comprehensive knowledge resource for case managers to access authoritative content authored by subject matter experts and peer-reviewed for validity. As a result of this collaborative effort, the new advanced breast cancer resources are available to all case managers as a free resource on the CMBOK website, www.cmbodyofknowledge.com, with no subscription required.
"Case managers are the ultimate communicators on the care team, advocating for the patient's needs and preferences in the care journey," Sminkey said. "These tools help equip case managers to do so with compassion and professional excellence."
About the Commission for Case Manager Certification
The Commission for Case Manager Certification (the Commission) is the first and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies more than 35,000 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 the Commission on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CCM_Cert.
SOURCE Commission for Case Manager Certification