Calling CM nurses; input appreciated!

  1. I am a home health RN who is thinking of trying something new. I have been curious about case management and I was hoping to get input from you all who may have experience in this area of nursing. How do you find it compares to other areas of nursing that you have been in? I would like to find a niche where I feel more appreciated by my boss, have more control over my work environment, and where I have more power. Do you think this is where I might find it? Home care has become quite laborious and I am tired of driving!! Any info/advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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    Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 4
    home health nurse


  3. by   LasVegasRN
    You are in a great area to get into Case Management. LA has a big market. Your home health experience will be extremely useful. Depending on which are of case management you are interested in, it can give you the kind of atmosphere you are looking for. You have to find your "niche" in this speciality as with anything else.
    There are several areas where you can get your foot in the door with case management. One is doing hospital discharge planning. This gives you a good way to utilize your clinical knowledge and apply it when assisting and moving the patient along the acute care continuum. It also still keeps you in the clinical setting and working with physicians. This will also train your skills in diplomacy - having to work with payors and insurance companies! That is something that is definitely needed.
    Another area is for an insurance, third party payor (TPA), or consulting firm. With an insurance company, you may be reviewing authorization requests for the length and frequency of home health visits (which you will know off the back of your hand if they are appropriate or not) and other medical treatments that the insurance company has the doctor request prior authorization. With the TPA, you would be acting on behalf of the payor source making recommendations for appropriate medical care and authorizing according to their standards. In the consulting firm (Concentra, Intracorp, Rehab West, Professional Dynamics - all their in LA area) you would take responsbility for a specific patient's treatment course while working with the payor source.
    You have many avenues in case management - I would hire home health nurses and train for case management because I felt they had the knowledge and ability to properly manage a case. Of course, that's after an interview where I could question them on their analytical skills and problem-solving techniques. One of my best staff members came straight out of home health!

    Hope that helps!
  4. by   hoolahan
    I have heard Genex is a wonderful company to work for doing case management out there. I have a friend who works for them, and she is sooooo happy. But she does travel, but not as much. She is home-based, as in works from her home, doing worker's comp CM. Check them out
  5. by   cjk01
    Thanks very much for giving your two cents! I will consider the options carefully. I think for now I'll stay where I am as I have a small child at home and the company that I work for has been very cool about rearranging my schedule etc. I know that if I start a new job like this it will probably be 9-5 Monday thru Friday. I don't know if I could handle that right now! I went on the genex website but it seems they're not looking for CM right now, but I'll check back frequently!

    Thanks again!
  6. by   sjoe
    Apparently Genex's performance varies from office to office. I worked for them for 4 weeks before quitting. No training, no orientation, and I was told to NOT consult or ask questions of the only other RN in the office (who had been there for a few years and was pleasant to me)! The manager did not have a clue about anything, from all appearances. Glad to hear that all their offices are not like that, though.