:wink2: This is absolutely the neatest job I have ever had, and I've had a few over the years. Right now, I'm doing hospital-based acute care management, assigned by docs. Our new management team9@@@????!!!???) is going to divide by floors, making us unit based. hmmmmm decisions decisions.
Down to your questions...it depends upon which hospital you work at which admission and care guidelines they use (two most common are InterQual and Milliman). These products are generally sold as a package deal, and that is what we base our data collection upon when giving initial clinical or concurrent review to 3rd party payors. So get you director to clarify for you who the hospital uses, and have them buy the book ($1,000)per pricey and i might add proprietary copy. You must know medicare/medicaid regs, what they will/won't pay for as OP , for example. There's really so much to know. I also recommend getting on either amazon
or ebay and looking for some good books... can't hurt. About the stigma... we are perceived as having a "cush" job, push a pencil all day, blah, blah. They can make or brake your job, so I made an effort to go the extra mile, communicate my little heart out, whatever. Do what you'll say you'll do, basic really
PM me if u want to talk more. I work in Kansas... I assume you are in Arizona. Also,, know you're clinical stuff!!!! Know your patient load!!!
Occasionally, nurses have been known to help each other fail. Again email me and i can further discuss other details.
Morghan, ARNP Kansas
PS Did you get any orientation or were u thrown in the mix????