I. GENERAL OVERVIEW:
Assure that members with complex medical and/or psychosocial needs have access to high quality, cost-effective health care. Assist in the holistic assessment, planning, arranging, coordinating, monitoring, evaluation of outcomes and activities necessary to facilitate member access to healthcare services. Advocate for the most appropriate care plan using sound clinical judgment; accurate planning, and collaboration with internal and/or external customers and contacts. Follow established regulatory guidelines, policies, and procedures in relation to member interventions and documentation of activities related to the member’s care and progress across the continuum of care. Facilitation and/or participation in interdisciplinary and/or interagency meetings when necessary to facilitate coordination of services/resources for members.
II. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Communicate effectively. This position displays effective communication skills while performing the following functions:
- Customer telephonic interviewing and communication with external contacts.
- Interaction with Case Management Specialists, Management Team, Physician Advisors and other interdepartmental contacts.
2. Knowledge of Medical Terminology and Medical Diagnostic Categories/Disease States
- The Medical Case Manager will be expected to educate members in order to enhance member understanding of illness/disease impact and to positively impact member care plan adherence, pharmacy regimen maintenance, and health outcomes.
- The Medical Case Manger will collaborate with Primary Care Physicians, Medical Specialists, Home Health and other ancillary healthcare providers with the goal being to coordinate member care.
- The Medical Case manager will collect member medical information from a variety of sources including providers and internal records and use appropriate clinical judgment, consultation with internal Physician Advisors and other internal cross-departmental consultation to determine unmet member needs.
3. Problem Solving/Latitude
- The Medical Case Manager will be expected to work primarily independently to identify, define, and resolve a myriad of problem types experienced by the member.
- The Medical Case Manager is expected to develop an individualized plan of care designed to meet the specific needs of each member.
- Anticipate the needs of members by continually assessing and monitoring the member’s progress toward goals, care plan status, and re-adjust goals when indicated.
- The Medical Case Manager will have support from the department’s Management Team and Case Management Specialists.
4. Maintain a working knowledge of available resources for addressing identified member needs and to facilitate proactive and efficient provision of services.
- The Medical Case Manager will be knowledgeable of and consider benefit design and cost benefit analysis when planning a course of intervention in order to develop a realistic plan of care.
- Communication and collaboration with other payers (when applicable) to create a collaborative approach to care management and benefit coordination.
- The Medical case manager will maintain a working knowledge of available community resources available to assist members. The Medical Case manager will coordinate with community organizations/agencies for the purpose of identifying additional resources for which the MCO is not responsible.
5. Work within a Team Environment
- Attend and participate required meetings, including staff meetings, internal Rounds, and other in-services in order to enhance professional knowledge and competency for overall management of members.
- Participation in departmental and/or organizational work and quality initiative teams.
- Case collaboration with peers, Case Management Specialists, Management Team, Physician Advisors and other interdepartmental contacts.
- Participate in interagency and/or interdisciplinary team meetings when necessary to facilitate coordination of member care and resources.
- Foster effective work relationships through conflict resolution and constructive feedback skills.
6. Professional Development
- Attend internal and external continuing education forums annually to enhance overall clinical skills and maintain professional licensure, if applicable.
- Educate health team colleagues of the role and responsibility of Case Management and the unique needs of the populations served in order to foster constructive and collaborative solutions to meet member needs.
7. Other duties as assigned or requested.
Education, Licenses/Certifications, and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing or RN certification or Master’s degree in Social Work and 3 years experience in Acute or Managed Care/ experience with Medicaid or Medicare populations. OR
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with five years experience in Acute or Managed Care/ experience with Medicaid or Medicare populations.
- Experience working with high risk pregnant women OR experience working with chronic condition adult populations OR experience with pediatrics.
- Three to five years of experience in working in Acute Care/Managed Care/Medicaid and Medicare populations.
- Bilingual English/Spanish language skills.
- Case Management Certification
- Professionally Licensed Social Worker or Nurse
IV. SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Does this role supervise/manage other employees? No
If yes, indicate the number of direct reports:
V. WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Is Travel Required?
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