Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Tribute to Jacquelyn Smith, Esteemed President of AAMCN

Jacquelyn Smith, RN, BSN, MA, CMCN started her nursing career in 1974 by attending the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing in 1979. Jacquelyn eventually went on to complete her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1998.

Over the years, Jacquelyn has worked in various Medical Management positions and designed, developed, and implemented Medicare/Medicaid, Dual Eligible, Long-Term Services and Supports programs. More recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor of Business Development at NextLevel Health. Today, she is the Associate Vice President of Long-Term Services and Supports Clinical Operations with UPMC Health Plan.

Jacquelyn Smith has been a loyal member of the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) since September of 1995. Jacquelyn earned her Certification in Managed Care Nursing (CMCN) in November of 2006. She was named the Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year and received her award at the Fall Managed Care Forum in November of 2011.

Jacquelyn Smith was named the 2011 Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year at the Fall Managed Care Forum in Las Vegas, NV.

Jacquelyn has served on various AAMCN Councils, contributed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Managed Care Nursing (JMCN), and led the Board of Directors activities as President of AAMCN since January of 2012. She has given years of her time towards the goals of educating, leading, advising, and advocating for managed care nurses. Jacquelyn’s continuing commitment to others is an inspiration to all those around her.

Rosalind Handy (left), Jacquelyn Smith (center), and Katie Eads (right) attending the Fall Managed Care Forum of 2013.

Jacquelyn’s ambitions and need to give back to the community will not stop with her passing of the AAMCN President’s torch at the end of this year. She will go on to serve on the board of Bethlehem Haven homeless shelter for women and continue her mission of advocacy. Jacquelyn, as you continue to move on in life and face new events, adventures, and challenges, we all wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors.

Jacquelyn Smith (left) and Ashley Austin (right) running the Membership Table at the Fall Managed Care Forum of 2015.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses would like to give our sincere thanks to Jacquelyn Smith for all of her efforts, diligence, leadership, laughs, and smiles she has brought to our association.   You have fortified our foundations for years to come and we are forever grateful for your dedication to the advancement and growth of our family. We hope you continue to lend your insight and presence within AAMCN far into the future.


Monday, December 4, 2017

40% Off Everything AAMCN Sale 

Now until December 25, 2017, enjoy 40% off all AAMCN memberships, publications, and products at

Membership can make a great gift for friends and colleagues. Imagine yourself and your friends attending our next forum in Orlando or Las Vegas together! Registration to our forums is complimentary for AAMCN members.

This sale includes the AAMCN Home Study preparatory course for certification in managed care nursing (CMCN), the Managed Care Nursing Practice Standards 4th Edition, and the Nurse's Introduction to Managed Care Nursing textbook.

You may be asking yourself, "What is the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) all about?" Click the link below for a quick overview of who we are and what we offer.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award 2017

The 2017 Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award Winner is
Michelle Greene Rhodes, MHS, RN, CCM, CMCN!

Michelle serves as an Independent Coach and Consultant, focusing on Diabetes prevention through lifestyle change. She has partnered her business with the CDC as a Diabetes Prevention Provider, in which she participates to decrease obesity in her community. 

In addition to offering Life, Health and Business Coaching to Nurses, Michelle serves on the Mayoral African American Advisory Council for the City of Tampa, and she also serves as the Co-Chair of Health with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women. 

This year, she has authored two books that offer advice for the Nurse Entrepreneur. She also serves as a Nurse Mentor strategizing on career, business, and life goals with her 6 Mentees.

Michelle is an active speaker at various healthcare workshops. Ultimately, her goal is to decrease the health care dollars spent while improving the quality of life for her clients.

The Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award is regulated by AAMCN's Leadership Council and is presented annually at the Fall Managed Care Forum held in Las Vegas, NV. Join AAMCN to participate in next year's 2018 Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award competition! Visit to join.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. 

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon.

CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.


How to Recognize CO Poisoning

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • If conditions are too hot, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.
For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning website. 

The original article can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at

Monday, August 7, 2017

URAC Public Comment Period

URAC is pleased to present draft lists of proposed performance measures under
consideration for addition to the Health Plan Accreditation program, Pharmacy Suite of Products (Community Pharmacy, Drug Therapy Management, Pharmacy Benefits Management, Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy), and the Telehealth Accreditation program for your review and feedback. URAC invites you to review these proposed measures and share your comments and recommendations with them during their public comment period, which begins July 18, 2017 and ends on August 31, 2017. Click the links below to view the measures and submit comments.

URAC regularly reviews and revises its measures to consistently align with current market needs, government regulations, and industry trends. By doing so, URAC demonstrates commitment to measuring and reporting on performance to offer greater transparency and increase consumer empowerment.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses would like to encourage you to review the URAC programs under revision and give constructive comments. You do have a voice in healthcare and its standards, so let it be known!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year 2017

Every year, the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) awards an outstanding member of their association who demonstrates great leadership skills and has made an impact on managed care nursing. The award is presented at the annual Fall Managed Care Forum. This year, the forum takes place in Las Vegas, NV and is being held at the Delano-Mandalay Bay Resort on October 25-27, 2017.  

2016 MCNLOY award winner: Clare Jarrard, RN, PhD, CMCN (center).

AAMCN members who are nominated must demonstrate trust, individual consideration, intellectual stimulation, courage, dependability, flexibility, integrity, judgment, and respect for others.

Nominations are currently being accepted until September 29, 2017. Members of AAMCN may nominate themselves or another member. Winners will receive an award trophy and one year of free membership with AAMCN. Contact April Snyder at for a copy of the nomination criteria or apply at:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Words from the CDC on Improving Health and Quality of Life After Cancer

While cancer survivors are living longer after their diagnosis, at least one-third of the more than 15 million survivors in the United States face physical, mental, social, job, or financial problems related to their cancer experience. These psychosocial and physical concerns may affect family members, friends, and others who provide comfort and care to survivors.

Through data, translation, and partnership, CDC works to address these and other challenges faced by cancer survivors and improve survivors’ health and quality of life.


Physical Health Concerns

Some behaviors, experiences, or other factors increase some survivors’ risk of having their first cancer come back, getting a new cancer, and having other health problems. Factors that increase such risks for cancer survivors include—


What Can Be Done?

After treatment ends, cancer survivors should get follow-up care—routine checkups and other cancer screenings. Follow-up care can help find new or returning cancers early and look for side effects of cancer treatment.

Survivors also can lower their risk of getting a new or second cancer by healthy choices like—
  • Avoiding tobacco.
  • Limiting alcohol use.
  • Avoiding too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds.
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping a healthy weight.
  • Being physically active.

Making Our Health a Priority

Photo of Pam B.

Breast cancer survivor Pamela Bryant says, “Having cancer forced me to understand the importance of making my health a priority, and I challenge each of you to do the same.”


Mental Health Concerns

Cancer survivors may experience mental health concerns that affect their emotions, behavior, memory, and ability to concentrate. For example, cancer survivors may feel emotional distress like depression or anxiety about their cancer returning. Recent research found that 10% of cancer survivors have mental health concerns, compared with only 6% of adults without a history of cancer.1 Cancer survivors who have other chronic illnesses are more likely to have mental health problems and poorer quality of life.

Fewer than one-third of survivors who have mental health concerns talk to their doctor about them, and many survivors don’t use services like professional counseling or support groups.


What Can Be Done?

  • Survivors should talk to their health care providers about their mental health before, during, and after cancer treatment.
  • Survivors should talk to their health care providers about mental health screening to check for and monitor changes in anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
  • Psychologists, social workers, and patient navigators can help survivors find appropriate and affordable mental health and social support services in both hospital and community settings.
  • Physical activity has been linked to lower rates of depression among cancer survivors.2


Concerns About Work and Money

Cancer survivors may struggle to pay for medical care and are more likely to declare bankruptcy than people without a cancer history. They also face work-related concerns because of their cancer experience. While many survivors return to work, about one-third cannot work at all or have less ability to work due to mental and physical health problems.3 4


What Can Be Done?

Photo of a senior couple paying bills
To help address money problems and make the return to work easier, survivors can learn more about—
  • Changes in health care in the United States and options for affordable health insurance.
  • Ways in which their employer may be able to help, like a non-traditional work schedule, employee assistance programs, and options for employees to donate unused paid time off to sick coworkers.
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act and short-term disability leave.



1Weaver KE, Forsythe LP, Reeve BB, Alfano CM, Rodriguez JL, Sabatino SA, Hawkins NA, Rowland JH. Mental and physical health-related quality of life among U.S. cancer survivors: population estimates from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2012;21(11):2108–2117.
2Zhao G, Okoro CA, Li J, White A, Dhingra S, Li C. Current depression among adult cancer survivors: findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Cancer Epidemiology 2014;38(6):757–764.
3Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR, Guy GP Jr, Banegas MP, de Moor JS, Li C, Han X, Zheng Z, Soni A, Davidoff A, Rechis R, Virgo KS; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical costs and productivity losses of cancer survivors—United States, 2008–2011. MMWR 2014;63(23):505–510.
4Dowling EC, Chawla N, Forsythe LP, de Moor J, McNeel T, Rozjabek HM, Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR. Lost productivity and burden of illness in cancer survivors with and without other chronic conditions. Cancer 2013;119(18):3393–3401.

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