Nurse Case Manager – RN

Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Confluence Health
Department:
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours: 0800-1700

Job Description

Position Summary:

  • The purpose of the Case Manager I position is to support the physician and interdisciplinary team in facilitating patient care, with the underlying objective of enhancing the quality of clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction while managing the cost of care and providing timely and accurate information to payors. The role integrates and coordinates utilization management and care facilitation.
Essential Functions:
  • Essential Functions:
    • Facilitation of the collaborative management of patient care across the continuum, intervening as necessary to remove barriers to timely and efficient care delivery and reimbursement
    • Application of process improvement methodologies in evaluating outcomes of care
    • Coordinating communication with physicians
    • Coordinates/facilitates patient care progression throughout the continuum.
    • Works collaboratively and maintains active communication with physicians, nursing and other members of the multi-disciplinary care team to effect timely, appropriate patient management.
    • Address/resolves system problems impending diagnostic or treatment progress. Proactively identifies and resolves delays and obstacles.
    • Seeks consultation from appropriate disciplines/ departments as required to expedite care.
    • Utilizes advanced conflict resolution skills as necessary to ensure timely resolution of issues.
    • Collaborates with the physician and all members of the multidisciplinary team to facilitate care for designated case load; monitors the patient’s progress, intervening as necessary and appropriate to ensure that the plan of care and services provided are patient focused, high quality, efficient, and cost effective; facilitates the following on a timely basis
    • Completes Utilization Management and Quality Screening for assigned patients.
    • Identifies at-risk populations using approved screening tool and follows established reporting procedures.
    • Refers case and issues to Care Management Medical Director in compliance with Department procedures and follows up as indicated.
    • Discusses payor criteria and issues on a case-by-case basis and follows up to resolve problems with payors as needed.
    • Uses quality screens to identify potential issues and forwards information to Clinical Quality Review Department.
    • Actively participates in clinical performance improvement activities.
    • Assists in the collection and reporting of resource and financial indicators including case mix, LOS, cost per case, excess days, resource utilization, readmission rates, denials and appeals.
    • Uses data to drive decisions and plan/implement performance improvement strategies related to case management for assigned patients, including fiscal, clinical and patient satisfaction data.
    • Collects, analyzes and addresses variances from the plan of care/care path with physician and/or other members of the healthcare team. Uses concurrent variance data to drive practice changes and positively impact outcomes.
    • Collects delay and other data for specific performance and/or outcome indicators as determined by Director or Manager of Case Management.
    • Ensures safe care to patients adhering to policies, procedures, and standards, within budgetary specifications, including time management, supply management, productivity, and accuracy of practice.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
Qualifications:
  • Required:
    • Current and valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse RN in the state of Washington.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and negotiation skills
    • Strong analytical, data management and PC skills.
    • Understanding of venues of care and community resources.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills, as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components.
    • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment in interactions with physicians, payors, and patients and their families.
    • Performs duties in a manner to promote quality patient care and customer service/satisfaction, while promoting safety, cost efficiency, and a commitment to the CQI process.
  • Desired:
    • Professional certification as a Case Manager encouraged within three years of employment.
    • One year clinical experience preferred.
    • Current working knowledge of utilization management, case management, performance improvement and managed care reimbursement preferred
Additional Information

About Confluence Health: Confluence Health is an integrated, rural healthcare delivery system with two hospitals, multi-specialty care in 30+ service lines and primary care in 11 communities across north central Washington State. Our 270 physicians and 130 advanced practice clinicians serve an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and cover nearly every corner of this region through specialty outreach. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost effective manner. Our Setting and Lifestyle: We are located in the heart of Washington State and just 2.5 hours east of Seattle. Our region offers a diverse array of recreational opportunities in breathtaking landscapes, from alpine country to the high desert, orchards to vineyards, cross country skiing to fly fishing and everything in between. Cycling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking; it is all right here. The region also offers a family friendly environment with excellent schools and cultural and art activities for the entire family.

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