National Case Management Week, October 13-19, recognizes the vital roles that case managers play in the continuum of health care. This collaborative process includes case coordination, assessment, facilitation, advocacy, planning and communication to promote positive patient outcomes that are also cost-effective. Case Management Week also serves to bring more attention to the case management field, and what case managers do.
Fort Worth Home Care Assistance appreciates the importance of case managers in the home health industry. Our care managers work closely with case managers and social workers to ensure our care is consistent with the patient’s needs as documented by the physician and case manager. Case managers serve patients as advocates regarding their well-being; they can be the liaison between patients, their families and healthcare professionals. They also act in many other capacities to ensure the diverse health needs of individuals are completely met. As home care professionals, it is our responsibility to communicate with the case manager any concerns we have for our clients in regards to health or well being. Caring for our clients on an on going basis allows us to observe the patient in their daily routine, recognizing any changes in behavior or health that the case manager may not be able to see during their visits.
In 1990, a non-profit entity, the Case Management Society of America was founded and has nearly 11,000 members. It is an international organization that consists of case managers and other professionals in health care, and exists to promote the value of case management and support the ever-changing needs of case management workers. It is the CMSA’s hope that more patients and their families, medical professionals, government agencies and others become aware of what case managers can bring to the table.
A vital part of the care-giving team, case managers closely help Home Care Assistance personnel and patients in ensuring steady communication with health care providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals). Keeping everyone on the same page—from a financial, ethical, medical and social support standpoint—is critical in maintaining superior, patient-centered care.
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