National Case Management Week will take place October 13-19, 2013. This year’s theme is Case Management: Broadening the Continuum of Care.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its 2010 Occupational Outlook Handbook, identifies case management as a field projected to grow faster than other job categories. Hospital case managers are professionals with BSN or MSW degrees, employed in a hospital setting. They ensure that patients are admitted and transitioned to the appropriate level of care, have an effective plan of care, and are receiving prescribed treatments. Case managers are advocates for services and plans needed during and after their hospital stay. They plan for transitions of care, discharge, and often post discharge follow up. They coordinate and communicate with the patient and family, physician(s), funding sources, i.e. insurance companies, Medicare, and community resources that provide services the patient may need, such as rehabilitation facilities or providers of medical equipment. Through this coordination, hospital case managers’ goals are to ensure both optimal patient and hospital outcomes including quality of care, efficient resource utilization and reimbursement for services.
Because case management promotes cost-effectiveness, it is essential to the success of healthcare reform. Case managers know how to maximize services for patients and make sure they are getting everything to which they are entitled based on their insurance coverage, and are transitioning successfully to the next level of care. Case managers help produce better outcomes through their patient centered focus to avoid costly readmissions. Hospitals are just starting to realize just how critical a role case managers play in healthcare reform. Their value is clear.
Case management positions, full time and part-time are currently available at Duke Regional Hospital, ranked among the top hospitals in North Carolina by US News & World Report. To apply for a case management position, click here.