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Care Coordination In Today's World

The healthcare environment is changing. Care coordination makes sure patients receive needed services. See how this affects healthcare and opens up new career paths.


We are hearing a new word in healthcare, care coordination. It may not be such a new word, but is now being used a lot more. Care coordination is using a nurse manager to coordinate all aspects of a patients healthcare. They usually hold a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. Care coordinators communicate with patients, families, doctor's and other members of a patients healthcare team. The purpose is to provide the highest and fastest level of care to reduce patient emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

What this means for the healthcare industry is cutting major healthcare costs and providing new positions for nursing employment. Care coordinators can catch conditions before they are out of control. The care coordinator can refer patients to needed services in the community. They can help with obtaining laboratory requests, scheduling follow-up appointments and transportation. They also make sure that all the providers on a patients healthcare team are communicating properly. This aspect helps with medication management and that no medications are duplicated.

Closing the gaps in healthcare means that everyone on the healthcare team is on the same page. Patient care is improving. The quality of care is improving. Patient wait times in offices and hospitals are seeing reductions in every area. Care coordination is truly an answer to making sure patients get the best care possible. There are private companies that can help link patients to care coordination, like Safety Net Medical Home Initiative.

What this means for the nursing industry is jobs opening up for care coordination positions. Most require some advanced nursing training, but well worth the effort. This will also help some nurses move into administrative positions to avoid "burn out" from working long shifts on the nursing floor. Managing patient care can be a very rewarding experience. Patients and families appreciate someone who can help them navigate a confusing healthcare system.