First home health case management job... what to expect and how to excel?

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    Attention home health case managers!

    After being out of a job for a lengthy period of time, I lucked out. I am going to be hired as a case manager for a small home health agency. The problem is, I have no experience in case management, and I am a fairly new nurse with less than a year bedside experience. I am a BSN and was also in pharmacy school for five years, so I am very familiar with the medical side of things. I just don't know much about case management.

    I want to be as prepared as possible. I am somewhat familiar with what a hospital case manager is responsible for, but I really don't know how those duties differ for a home health case manager. This agency provides services only to Medicaid patients. And I know next to nothing about how Medicaid works and how reimbursement is evaluated and provided. I am aware of the various certifications a case manager can apply for, and I plan to get these as soon as possible.

    So...What do home health case managers do, exactly?
    What should I do or study to excel?
    Are there any sites on the web that you have used as a case manager to help you do your work?

    Your advice, tips, helpful references, stories, and experiences are exceedingly appreciated!
    Last edit by godiva on Oct 29, '12
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    In Metro Detroit, home health case managers are home health nurses (visiting nurses). They are called case managers because they are responsible for managing the several disciplines (PT/OT/MSW/SPEECH) that are involved in the case. If this is what you're talking about then check the specialty board here for Home health nursing.


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