Nursing case management is one of the many nursing specialties
available. Case management can include a variety of different positions.
Definition of Case Management
The Case Management Society of America's (CMSA) definition of case management as published on their website is:
"Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual's health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes."
Nursing CM positions may be hospital or community based.
Hospital based case managers are often involved in utilization review, discharge planning and care coordination.
Community based case management may include working for insurance companies, home health agencies, or case management companies.
Insurance companies have a variety of case managers.
Home health company CM's are often in supervisory positions.
As with many nursing specialties you may become a certified nurse case
manager by taking a certification course and exam. This specialty has
several types of certifications depending on your goals as a case
The American Case Management Association exam (ACM) is focused on hospital case management.
The Commission for Case Management Certification exam (CCM) covers a wider range of case management knowledge including inpatient and outpatient case management.
Your case management certification will allow you to state you are certified on your nursing license renewal and you are then required to complete your nursing CEUs according to the requirements for your certification. Example my ACM certification requires that I have 40 hours every 4 years and most need to be related to case management and ACM approved and the others can be nursing related in my practice area.