What does a Care Manager do?
Care Managers are found working all over the healthcare industry. The primary role of a Care Manager is to facilitate communication between different caregivers in the advocacy of the patient. Care Managers are often in contact with multiple doctors, nurses, and specialists to best coordinate the directives of each care specialist into a seamless health plan for the patient. Care Managers are found in large institutions such as hospitals and inpatient care centers in higher numbers than in smaller care facilities.
A Care Manager typically has a bachelor's in a medical field, has completed their residency, practiced for at least ten years and has obtained there Masters Degree in healthcare. Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification is a big plus in the field. Managing multiple patients and their progress can be an overwhelming task. A willingness to put in long hours and be available out of standard work times is a common expectation in the field. Having genuine interest and compassion in each patient will bring great satisfaction to those who seek this profession.
- Schedule regular meetings with all caregivers, doctors and specialists involved in a patient's care
- Identify conflicts in patient care and make judgement calls as to the best path forward
- Ensure all involved are up to date on the latest tests results and information
- Maintain an information data stream on multiple patients
- Oversee the implementation of a patient's medical plan
- Identify problems ahead of time and initiate appropriate actions
- Keep up to date and detailed records on all patients
- Coordinate with other Care Manager to best fall inline with budget
- Completion of residency program
- 10+ years practicing in a medical field
- Masters Degree in a medical field (preferred)
- Ability to multitask while assisting numerous patients
- Very strong written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities
- A high drive to be successful in all endeavors
- Ability to work outside of normal business hours
- Possess a calm and comfortable bedside manner
How much does a Care Manager make?
Care Manager Career Path
Learn how to become a Care Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Care Manager Insights
“Great resources and it was awesome working at one of the top hospitals in the nation.”
“My manager was excellent and went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of.”
“Flexibly schedule and you get to work with amazing talent while serving the communities you care most about.”
“I was working for some extra money and experience while in college and it was perfect.”
“racist work and I was even told to stop sending emails about social justice issues or I could get fired.”
“Working with Clients and homeless people who needed help was the best part of my job.”
“Salaries do not increase annually even if you do exceptional work and have great performance evals.”
“growth is limited after starting (you'll see what I mean if you do end up being hired here)”
Care Manager Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Care Manager
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