Understanding Accreditations & Certifications

CMSA Detroit Understanding Accreditations & Certifications

Within the field of case management, there are two very important, yet distinct and separate, organizations: the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC). Because of their overlapping areas of interest, yet complementary missions, we believe it is desirable and informative to provide an explanation of the roles and relationships of each organization. To learn about these differences, please download the PDF document: Differences between CMSA and CCMC


AccreditationsIn the US, accreditation is voluntarily sought by businesses, organizations and institutions as a means of establishing credibility in their market. It is about identifying what it means to provide quality services and setting required standards of operation to provide those services within a specific industry. The accrediting agency then issues official authorization or approval to those persons or entities that are in compliance with those standards. Accreditation is the highest level of credentialing available.Click on the following links to learn more about the variety of accreditation programs offered by each institution:

ACHC Accreditation Commission for Health Care
CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
URAC Utilization Review Accreditation Commission
CertificationsCertification is the act of confirming that someone has met a certain set of predetermined criteria by the certifying body. Certification is recognized as an acceptable standard of practice by general consent of the population it certifies.To learn more about the various certifications available to case managers,
click on the links below:

A-CCC Continuity of Care Certification—Advanced
AAOHN American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
ABDA American Board of Disability Analyst
ACM Accredited Case Manager
AOCN Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification
CASWCM Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager
CCM Certified Case Manager
CCRN ® Certification in Critical Care Nursing
CDMS Certified Disability Management Specialist
CMAC Case Management Administrator Certification
CMC Care Manager Certified
CMCN Certified Managed Care Nurse
CO Certified Orthotist
COHN Certified Occupational Health Nurse
CP Certified Prosthetist
CPO Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist
CPDM Certified Professional in Disability Management
CPHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
CPON Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
CPUM Certified Professional in Utilization Management
CPUR Certified Professional in Utilization Review
CRC Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
CRRN Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
CSWCM Certified Social Work Case Manager
HCQM Health Care Quality and Management
RN,C/RN, BC Registered Nurse, Certified
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