As a case manager, I am both curious and excited as to what the future will hold for us in our specialty. With changes in how the government will reimburse hospitals for things such as readmissions, a greater amount of responsibility will be put on hospitalists and case managers to do their job effectively. Diagnosis' that are notorious for high readmission rates such as heart failure and pneumonia will start being monitored much more closely by Medicare. A sign of things to come is the fact that hospitals are now looking at having a minimum of an RN to become a case manager because of the fact that they want people with strong clinical backgrounds and critical thinking skills making important decisions. I know of a couple hospitals in Northern California who are requesting that its case managers be masters educated or have a Case Management certification.
What are your guys' thoughts on how our profession as medical case managers will evolve in the coming years?