Last I heard, discharge planners in the acute care settings were not able to sit for the CCM exam. This was mostly because in most facilities the discharge planner does not follow the patient during the entire care continuum. For example, at my facility, I do the care management for the patients in surgical ICU. My primary focus is on appropriateness of an intensive care stay, trying to get patient's trach'd who have been on a vent for a long period of time, transferring to LTAC's whenever possible, and doing as many interviews with the family before the patient leaves the unit. There are many other facets to my job I have to perform (i.e. calling in reviews to insurance companies) but those are the most important. Once the patient leaves the unit, another nurse picks up the care planning from there.
On the regular floors, those nurses would have more experience in working with placement to nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, transferring to other facilities, etc., where I would not as the patient's in the unit are too critical.
The Commission for Case Management feels that unless you are following that patient from admission through discharge, you are not performing all the functions of case management. I partially disagree with this thinking, but I think the commission is reconsidering their stance on this issue.
The most areas where people have an easier time in getting the experience and exposure they need in order to sit for the exam is in workers compensation, disability management, and disease management.
Does that answer your question or give you an idea?
(Thanks for the compliment, ryaninmtv