The role of a professional care manager evolves rather rapidly. I know.... I've done both Care Management and Case Management for the past eleven years. Although health reform ensures that care delivered is efficient, effective, and high quality, the role and function of both the professional care manager and case manager has never been more important.
According to LoNigro, senior vice president and chief clinical officer at Envolve People Care, part of the Centene Corporation where I worked as a Case Manager, one recent study found that only about 5% of adults who misused prescription Opioids in the past year, and only 17% of those with addiction ever receive treatment.
Case Managers are consummate team players, working with everyone from patients to their support systems, from physicians to nurses, social workers and pharmacists, to administrators, all on behalf of patients to ensure patient-centered care. Taking on this roll in a hospital setting can be challenging but it is always done. What is emerging is a collaborative model of patient-centered, accountable care, working toward creating a system that offers better care, better health and perhaps lower costs.
Team-based chronic care management on the other hand, offers models of interdisciplinary team-based care. If the moral measure of a society is the treatment of its most vulnerable, designed to enhance care for the chronically ill, this model has the potential to substantially enhance our moral standing. Care coordination is an essential activity to achieve the goals of better individual health, better population health and reduced health care costs. Both Care Management and Case Management strengthen healthcare's weakest link: Improving care transition. Guiding elderly patients to the care they need, when they need it, lies at the heart of their care which improves performance.
Posted on July 14, 2016, by Olga Brunner
Although I have attempted to enter so many other professions nothing else motivates and fulfills like knowing my elder care client, and working both with their healthcare professionals, the client's caregivers, and with the client's family members.
Tags: Case Managers Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Hospital Care Management, Community Care Managers end of life conversations, Care Coordination for Seniors.
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I Have worn many hats in my day: Nursing Home Assistant Admin and Activities Director, Assisted Living Admin, Case Management for the State-wide Medicaid Program, and Trainer for Dept of Elder Affairs.