Case Management

Mentor Moment: Blanketed approach to seeking continued care for our patients

Case Management Weekly, February 8, 2012

As case managers, you may often work directly with leaders of other departments. Check out this post on HCPro’s Case Management Mentor blog where a Health Information Management director queries the privacy and legal implications of adapting a blanket policy for finding adequate SNF facilities for patients ready for discharge.

Our case manager (UR) wants to send out a copy of the patient’s medical record to 10 or 20 SNF’s within a 100- to 200-mile range our facility to see if they are willing to accept a patient. These are inpatients, hard to place and we are in an extremely rural area with only a few SNF’s within driving distance for families in this area.

What kind of consent form would be needed to cover this blanketed approach to seeking continued care for our patients? Would this even be legal? Do any of you have such practices within your systems and if so, would you be willing to share your consent forms? Need some help please as I’ve never heard of such a proposition.

Have you encountered a similar problem at your facility? Do you have any advice for this HIM director or a fellow case manager who may be trying to enact an unconventional policy? Please leave your comments below the post!

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