3. What’s the Difference Between Social Work, Discharge Case Management and Care Management?
Due to the pressure to discharge rapidly, sometimes only medical issues may be addressed by the hospital case managers. Thus, efforts such as empowering the agency social work staff to be the focal point for interdisciplinary coordination becomes crucial in creating a total care plan that reduces the risk of rehospitalization. Geriatric care managers may also be involved in overall patient and client management. Coordinating with private duty providers who are reliable and share the referring organizations commitment to excellence brings a wider resource net for patients and families. Interacting with private duty or other resources may also pose problems, especially when collaborators are not managed or coordinated by clinical professionals.