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Medical Social Worker

Company: CARLE
Location: Bethany
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

$2,500.00 - One or more years of experience
$1,000.00 - New grad or under one year of experience
Provides social work services to patients and families within hospital setting in order to meet identified psychosocial needs, as well as to enhance problem-solving and coping capacities and to facilitate timely discharge by arranging post-discharge services. The social worker provides psychosocial assessments, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, community resource connection, financial resources and works collaboratively with all other members of the healthcare team, ensuring clear communication and care planning to all patients.

  • Works collaboratively with the RN Case Manager to provide discharge planning based on assessment of patient and family needs, preferences, and available resources in order to ensure timely discharge and provide appropriate linkage to post-discharge care providers (IE New/resumptions SNF, LTAC, Rehab, Hospice, and other Community resources)
  • Investigates cases admitted with 'no insurance' or 'self-pay' to identify whether insurance coverage does exist, and if the need for financial assistance is warranted.
  • Responds to referrals from healthcare team members to identify available facilities and services for case specific needs during and post-hospitalization.
  • Evaluates patients for abuse/neglect and makes appropriate referrals.
  • Involves patient and family in case planning decisions.
  • Provides assistance and advocacy to patients in obtaining financial resources and government entitlements.
  • Provides information and counseling for advance directives, power of attorney, and conservatorship.
  • Provides social work intervention to patient/families.
  • Provides support and planning in cases of death, adoption, and fetal demise.
  • Provides counsel to patients and families regarding issues of loss, disability, separation, financial impact and traumatic life style chances and provides coaching to develop coping mechanisms to support adaptation to changes.
  • Keeps the director/manager informed of problematic cases, especially those involving legal or risk management issues.
  • Identifies and communicates quality, risk and paitent safety issues to Care Management or other appropriate leadership.
  • Accepts responsibility by participating in staff, department or Organizational process improvement and safety initiatives.
  • Maintains effective communication and working relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, internal referral sources and external resources.

Keywords: CARLE, Decatur , Medical Social Worker, Healthcare , Bethany, Illinois

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