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Entrepreneurship: The Less-traveled Road in Case Management

** This session earns RN and CCM Ethics **

As Case Managers we have many options of practicing settings in which we can impact patient outcomes and facilitate better quality of life for the populations we serve. Becoming an independent case manager in the private sector is one such way but a road less traveled by case managers. In one case manager survey, only 4 percent of respondents chose "independent/private practice" as their primary work/practice setting. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce case managers to this option by sharing my story of how I got to this place and what I have learned on this journey. The session is designed as an interactive process between those with an interest in and those who have pursued this career direction as we all strive to make a difference in health care delivery. We will discuss business plans and business development built on a foundation of integrity and fidelity as key factors in growing successful business. It is about obstacles and opportunities and reflections on our career path. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference".

OBJECTIVES:
  1. Define entrepreneurship in the eyes of the case manager in pursuit of opportunity while obeying all laws and regulations set forth in operating a case management business.
  2. Identify the rewards and pitfalls in entrepreneurship from developing the business plan to defining our niche' market.
  3. Define the importance of business practices whereby the business owner acts with integrity and fidelity in relation with clients and others. Provide services that adhere to the CCMC, CDMS, and CRCC Professional Code of Conduct.
  4. Discuss a forum for the small business owner/independent case manager to develop a network of support and mentoring opportunities through CMSA.