The CMSA Annual Conference took place in Long Beach, California this past week. It was the first time in years that I attended the full week of conference events and I was excited to participate. The general mood was extremely uplifting and positive. People were happy to be there and fully engaged in both entertainment and educational offerings. I thrived on the fabulous networking and the atmosphere of collegiality. International attendees who I met represented South Africa, Germany, China, and Singapore. That says a lot about how important professional case management has become around the globe, not just in the United States.
A couple highlights worth mentioning…
My dear friends and trusted colleagues Ellen Fink-Samnick and Hussein Tahan were honored with the CMSA Award of Service Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. I cannot think of more deserving recipients and was honored to have witnessed the presentations at the Gala Recognition Reception. On top of that, the Case Management Society of New England was recognized with a Chapter Excellence Award. CMSNE raises its own bar year after year. When good friends and my home chapter are recognized for their fabulous contributions to professional case management, it doesn’t get much better!
Wolters Kluwer’s booth was hopping busy with both a scheduled and an impromptu book signing. COLLABORATE for Professional Case Management sold out, as did the newest edition to the professional case manager’s reference library, The CMSA Core Curriculum for Case Management, 3rd ed. Although sold out, orders were still being taken at Friday’s post-conference session, Setting the Standard Through Application of the New CMSA Core Curriculum. The all-star panel of presenters were both honored and humbled by the reaction of the capacity crowd. It was a great launch for the new Core Curriculum text. Although advanced copies were made available at the conference, pre-publication orders are being taken at the WK website. Just follow the link provided above.
Next year’s annual conference is being held in Austin, Texas. Hope to see you there!