A CM advocates for a patient's medical well being through a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and goal setting; utilizing all available resources to meet the patients needs, and assisting them in achieving their goals in a cost effective and timely manner. CMs assist in identifying appropriate service providers and facilities so that the patient reaches optimum levels of wellness and functional capability; as well as assisting the patient in obtaining and maintaining status as a confident, informed consumer of health care services.
Case Managers are required to hold at least a Bachelors Degree generally in nursing and/or hospital administration, in addition case managers are now certified or accredited within their specific field of health care specialty (i.e.:geriatrics). Certification of case mangers is desired by employers as evidence that they possess the skills, experience and education required to provide services throughout the health care continuum in a knowledgeable and principled manner.
As our population grows, baby boomers' age, and with the growth of HMOs, the need for case managers will expand dramatically. They are now being used by all hospitals, large medical practices, as well as insurance companies and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Case Managers held 339,000 jobs in 2006, and this number is expected to grow by 34% by 2016 according the Department of Labor. That is three and a half times the overall average growth rate for all job catagories.
The median annual salary for Case Managers was $54,334 to $65,124 in 2008.