Case Management

Case management Q&A

Case Management Weekly, July 4, 2012

Q. How do casefinding and screening differ?

 A. The basic tenet of both casefinding and screening is identifying patients who, without discharge planning services, likely will suffer adverse consequences after discharge. Providers also use casefinding to identify those patients who have known risk factors and who need further intervention to avoid delaying discharge.
The difference between casefinding and screening lies in their triggers. Casefinding occurs in response to a referral from care providers, the patient, or concerned caregivers. Providers screen all patients to determine whether they fit into established screening criteria or have out-of-the-ordinary circumstances of admission. Any patient may experience discharge planning problems, even when the situation seems risk-free.
Editor’s note: This Q&A is adapted from Discharge Planning Guide: Tools for Compliance, Third Edition published by HCPro, Inc.

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