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Social Worker - Case Management - Mercy Health West Hospital in Green Township at Mercy Health

Date Posted: 6/8/2018

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Job Summary

JOB SUMMARY:

Knowledgeable about disease, treatment and psychosocial implications for individual patients and families as it pertains to their age and stage of psychosocial development; provides appropriate interventions and discharge planning services to patients and families; facilitates a smooth transition for the patient throughout the continuum of care by accessing hospital, community and governmental resources; pragmatic in approaching End of Life and ethical issues and performs other duties as assigned.  Provides clinical supervision to peers, Bachelor Degree staff, and students.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Assessment: Assesses constantly for best resource allocation with patient management activities both in hospital and community systems to advocate for cost containment without jeopardizing
patient quality efforts; Completes initial and ongoing assessment of the patient and family's response to the diagnosis, living environment and discharge planning needs; Identifies and reports appropriate discharge barriers and avoidable days in order to promote the resolution process within the hospital or community systems; Provides assessment for the source and significance of social, psychological, environmental, emotional, and economic factors that may contribute to the health and response to treatment of both inpatients and outpatients of all ages and documents appropriately in the medical record.

Planning: Actively coordinates patient and family interventions with the attending physician, patient, family, case managers, and other staff; Develops treatment plan based on the assessment and mutually agreed upon goals with the patient, family and physician; Develops a plan of intervention, which is integrated with the interdisciplinary treatment team to establish continuum of care in congruence with ethical and legal considerations; Advocates, mediates, and negotiates a cohesive plan for maintaining or improving social supports and patient safety.

Implenentation: Provide supportive counseling, education, and crisis management to patient/ family; Facilitate healthcare decision making and resolution of discharge planning issues; Provide psychosocial intervention for: neglect/abuse, adjustment to illness, bereavement, non-compliance and other psychosocial barriers to diagnosis and treatment; Maximize health status and minimize length of stay and utilization of hospital resources; Provide referral and linkage to health care and community resources.

Evaluation: Evaluates the effectiveness of interventions and actions in relation to the intended goals of the discharge plan; Revises intervention strategies and discharge plan as necessary; Identifies barriers in service delivery systems and advocate for change; Evaluates patient outcomes and participates in process improvement.

Collaboration/Consultation: Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to enhance quality of care and efficiency; Maintains a positive working relationship with healthcare team and community agencies and services; Assists interdisciplinary team in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to illness; Functions as a liaison for the patient and the facility both internally and externally. Maintains networks for professional growth and awareness; Works collaboratively with the health care team to facilitate the plan of care for inpatients and outpatients, as appropriate; Provides clinical supervision to peers, Bachelor Degree staff, and students.

Compliance: Assures chart documentation consistently meets the department and hospital standards for accountability and confidentiality; Recognizes legal responsibilities and identifies area of concern to Risk Management and Legal Services; Maintains current knowledge and is familiar with federal and state regulator guidelines, institutional policies, and payer source policies; Documents interventions timely.

Professional Development:  Attends appropriate clinical and professional organizations, workshops and meetings, Stays abreast of community resources available to facilitate safe patient transitions of care, Remains current on clinical advancements related to primary patient population, Proactively seeks to understand areas/roles outside of immediate area/role within department.

MINIMUM EDUCATION / LICENSURE / CERTIFICATIONS / QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education Required: Graduate Degree (Masters) in social work. (mandatory)
  • Licensure Required: LSW in Ohio (mandatory)
  • Licensed LISW in Ohio; Case Management certification (ACM, CCM, C-SWCM, C-ASWCM) - Preferred
  • Minimum Years: 1 year experience in an Acute Care Setting (mandatory)
  • Casework principles, including diagnosis, assessment, crisis intervention, and treatment planning; techniques in individual and family supportive counseling; knowledge of community resources, public assistance systems, Medicare/Medicaid; accepted professional, ethical, and regulatory standards within the existing medical community and professional organizations.
  • Ability to prioritize many simultaneous demands and tolerate frequent interruptions.  Self-awareness, professionalism, and good judgement when addressing emotional and confidential issues. Excellent verbal and written communication.

Shift and Job Schedule

Hours: PRN

Schedule: 8am - 4:30pm

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