What Does Case Management Mean?
Case management is a facet of the healthcare system designed to help patients receive efficient, fast, and optimal care in both acute hospital settings and in dealing with long-term chronic conditions. Case managers are accountable for developing and implementing a planned strategy charting a patient’s level of care and progress throughout recovery up to the time of a discharge release or condition resolution. Case management database systems provide an effective line of communication between case managers, physicians, nurses, social workers, external healthcare providers, and even insurance companies billed for services. With these measures in place, hospital staff members can work cooperatively in taking the best course of action for delivery of quality healthcare while shortening patient admissions. For companies dealing with time out of work and Workers' Compensation claims, having in-house case managers or third party case management can be an effective tool to help manage costs and shorten the time an employee is unable to work.