Case Management

Tip: Align case managers with social workers

Case Management Weekly, June 1, 2011

For models of practice that separate case management and social work, the best advice is to make the social worker your best friend. Working together is often necessary—for example, in cases of suspected elder abuse or elders found living in squalor. Because social workers possess a wealth of knowledge about community resources, shelters, polysubstance abuse programs, and family dynamics, they are important partners in discharge planning.

This week’s tip is adapted from Emergency Department Case Management: Strategies for Creating and Sustaining a Successful program published by HCPro, Inc. For more information about this book or to order your copy, visit the HCMarketplace

Do you have a question about a case management topic? Send it to Associate Editor Ben Amirault at bamirault@hcpro.com. An answer to your question might appear in a future issue of Case Management Weekly.

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