Case Management

Case managers intervene to aid admission process

Case Management Monthly, July 1, 2009

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The goal is to comply with payer rules and provide the appropriate care to patients. As simple as this sounds, many facilities struggle from the first moments of a patient’s stay. Because of case managers’ expertise and knowledge of the care continuum, many facilities find it necessary to incorporate them into the admission process. Having case managers present during admissions helps identify patient needs, ensure appropriate admissions, and plan the discharge process from the moment the patient lays in a hospital bed.

Different facilities find they have different needs for case management intervention as patients enter the hospital. For example, Loretta Olsen, RN, the director of case management at Jennie Edmundson Hospital (JEH) in Council Bluffs, IA, added admission case managers at her facility to manage inpatient and observation status and present-on-admission issues.

 

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