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
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Care Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,978 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$40K
Median: $62K
$95K
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Care Manager Career Path

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Read what Care Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
EmpiRx HealthEmpiRx Health
Member Care Advocate
Aug 11, 2020

“My manager was excellent and went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCedars-Sinai Medical Center
RN Care Manager
Jun 25, 2021

“Great resources and it was awesome working at one of the top hospitals in the nation.”

The Sparrow's Nest Maternity Home
Care Staff
Oct 21, 2021

“I was working for some extra money and experience while in college and it was perfect.”

Trinity HomecareTrinity Homecare
Live In Care Manager
Jul 25, 2019

“They have really been good to me and offered progressive career path and continuous support.”

reSTART LifereSTART Life
Direct Care Counselor
May 26, 2021

“racist work and I was even told to stop sending emails about social justice issues or I could get fired.”

Outreach Community Health CentersOutreach Community Health Centers
CCS Care Coordinator
Dec 30, 2019

“I enjoyed my co works and working with the clients but management wasn’t good.”

Memorial Sloan KetteringMemorial Sloan Kettering
Care Coordinator
Jan 11, 2021

“growth is limited after starting (you'll see what I mean if you do end up being hired here)”

UCHealthUCHealth
Advanced Care Partner
Dec 30, 2020

“They really let me pick my schedule which is great for working around nursing school.”

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