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Care management is a growing nursing field.

Posted Nov 19 2012 10:04pm

Care management is the management of medical care. What do care managers and care management groups do? Care management involves coordinating care between primary care doctors, specialists, physical therapists counselors and any other medical service providers. The care manager or care management company ensures that all services are provided as needed without any gaps in care but without duplication of services or unnecessary services being performed. Care management is used when someone has a serious medical incident. Care management can include arranging transportation for patients to and from appointments, admission to the hospital, transition from the hospital to a physical rehabilitation facility and then home again. Care management is increasingly used in managing long term health problems. Doctors, nutritionists and even life style counselors come together when someone is diagnosed with diabetes. They help the patient learn to monitor their diabetes, eat the right foods, manage the health condition and prevent it from worsening. For someone with high blood pressure, care management can include weight loss counseling, prescribing the right drugs, supervision of a doctor for heart health and nurses who check blood sugar and lipid levels periodically.

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