Inpatient Case Manager

Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Posted
May 01, 2024
Closes
Aug 11, 2024
Ref
64635888288
Specialty
Other
Job Summary:

Responsible for working collaboratively with physician partners to optimize quality and efficiency of care for hospitalized members by carrying out daily utilization and quality review, monitoring for inefficiencies and opportunities to improve care, developing a safe discharge plan to include recommending alternative levels and sites of care when appropriate. The activities will include daily review of hospital care by chart review and discussion with attending physician, admission and concurrent review for inpatient admissions, meetings with patient and families to develop discharge planning, identification of patients for ambulatory case management, communication with case managers, home care reviewers, social workers, members and providers, quality improvement reviews, and education of the member/family, provider and hospital staff. Achieves desired utilization and quality outcomes and promotes high customer satisfaction to the population served.

Essential Responsibilities:


  • Plans, develops, assesses and evaluates care provided to members. Collaborates with physicians, other members of the multidisciplinary health care team and patient/family in the development, implementation and documentation of appropriate, individualized plans of care to ensure continuity, quality and appropriate resource use. Reviews, monitors, evaluates and coordinates the patients hospital stay to assure that all appropriate and essential services are delivered timely and efficiently. Communicates via huddles with hospitalist partner multiple times throughout the day.

  • Reviews all new inpatient admissions within 24 hours and begins the discharge planning process immediately. Assesses high risk patients in need of post-hospital care planning. Develops and coordinates the implementation of a discharge plan to meet each patients identified needs; communicates the plan to physicians, patient, family/caregivers, staff and appropriate community agencies to enhance the effect of a seamless transition from one level of care to another across the continuum. Ensures that the appropriate level of care is being delivered in the most appropriate setting. Recommends alternative levels of care and ensures compliance with federal, state and local requirements.

  • Performs psychosocial assessments on all patients that meet the high risk indicators for discharge planning. Comprehensively assesses patients goals as well as their biophysical, psychosocial, environmental, economic/financial, and discharge planning needs. Provides patients with education to assist with their discharge and help them cope with psychological problems related to acute and chronic illness. Refers patients to the ambulatory case managers, care managers and/or social workers as appropriate. Documents all admissions and discharges in the patients Kaiser Permanente electronic medical record. Makes post discharge follow-up calls to all patients who are not referred to an ambulatory case/care management program.

  • Attends scheduled rounds 2 times/week with the Physician Director of Resource Stewardship to discuss clinical course and discharge planning for assigned patients identifying any real or potential delays in care or quality of care issues.

  • Acts as a liaison between inpatient facility and referral facilities/agencies and provides case management to patients referred, serving as an advocate for patients and families. Coordinates transfer of patients to appropriate facilities; maintains and provides required documentation. Builds highly effective working relationships with physicians, SNF staff, vendors, and other departments within the health plan.

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