Case Management

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The focus of this paper is case management. Case management has evolved into a diverse profession which includes many disciplines and is exercised in many settings. Case management involves the process of coordinating multiple services on behalf of clients and has been practiced now for several decades. Many disciplines have engaged in case management and identify themselves as case managers. Case managers work with many populations and settings and play an important role in today’s society. The following analysis explores how case management developed, how it is defined, its components, and how it relates to other nursing care delivery models. All these aspects are reviewed with the purpose to show the importance of case management in the health care organization. Case Management Case management has become the standard method of managing health care delivery organizations today. In recent decades, case management has become widespread throughout healthcare areas, professionals, and models in the United States; and has been extended to a wide range of clients (Park & Huber, 2009). Regardless of the setting, case management ensures that care is oriented to the client, while controlling costs at the same time. Case management delivers quality care to patients in the most cost effective approach by managing human and material resources. Client advocacy is a strong underlying theme for all case management activities. Case managers share the same goals and standards of practice, but are multidisciplinary and have diverse academic educational backgrounds and work environments (Park & Huber, 2009). The need for case management and case managers continue to increase as new service needs, and populations are recognized.... ... middle of paper ... ...jured, chronically ill, and high cost cases (Jacob & Cherry, 2007). Conclusion Only within recent decades case management has been introduced, but has been proven to be a significant segment of the healthcare workforce today. There have been several changes to case management over the last few decades, and the future for case management is very diverse. Case management offers many benefits to both the client and the health care organization. In addition, case management plays a key role in a client’s road to recovery. Most importantly, case managers have a vital role overseeing their client’s transition from the hospital setting back into the community and ensuring all service needs are met. Moreover, the opportunities and need for case managers working with many populations and settings are great, and may ultimately lead to better health for individuals.

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