SCOPE OF POSITION
Accountable for assessment & ongoing re-assessment of the patient's physical, emotional, social, and financial needs and the proactive development of a comprehensive plan of care that achieves a timely and sustained discharge. Demonstrates understanding and sensitivity of the diverse cultural backgrounds of patients and their families. Possesses working knowledge of disease processes, appropriate clinical interventions and the immediate and long term care needs of high-risk populations of all age groups consulting medical and nursing colleagues as needed. Facilitates complex patient care issues such as the need for a legal guardian, lack of U.S. citizenship, abuse/neglect (children & adults), domestic violence, sexual assault, adoption, uninsured/underinsured, need for behavioral health treatment, end of life care and homelessness. Provides crisis intervention services as needed. Possesses excellent interpersonal communication, judgment and problem solving skills. Able to take initiative, demonstrate follow-through and work independently. Collaborates with medical staff and the multi-disciplinary healthcare team to complete a psychosocial assessment of patient and family needs and goals, and to develop, advocate, and expedite patient-centric post-acute care plans. Assesses the capacity of home caretakers to cope effectively with patient needs. Identifies obstacles to compliance with healthcare team recommendations. Recognizes need for and facilitates patient/family care conferences. Demonstrates the ability to simultaneously formulate primary and back-up discharge plans so delays are avoided. Comes prepared to daily huddles; facilitates timely decision making and assigns accountability for follow-up to team members in order to advance the discharge plan. Intervenes to remove barriers that impede the efficient progression of care. Provides list of providers to honor patient preferences and choice. Provides patient/caregiver with healthcare and social services information and educates about how to access for support after discharge. Ensures continuity of care through timely and accurate hand-off communication including full completion of required forms. Documents assessment, plans, interventions, and avoidable delays in Epic and updates documentation when changes in the patient's health, emotional, or social condition occur. Keeps current with all regulatory changes that affect delivery or reimbursement of acute care services including HIPPA, Patient Bill of Rights, EMTALA, Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) and Hospital Initiated Notice of Non-Coverage (HINN). Actively participates in quality improvement activities through collection of data, analysis, and development & monitoring of action plans to improve key department indicators of performance. Coordinates with the Utilization Management team to manage concurrent denials. Escalates issues such as barriers or delays to Manager/Director to ensure timely resolution. Follows procedure for delivery of second Important Message from Medicare (IMM) to patient or representative within 2 days of discharge from hospital. Maintains professional knowledge, attends staff meetings, educational offerings, and accepts accountability for the information presented. Gives report to (and receives report from) weekend and on call staff, and the colleague who is covering when taking PTO. Plays a key role in providing orientation to new hires, and works closely with the Manager/Director to identify staff learning needs and plan relevant department educational activities The LCSW serves as the clinical supervisor for therapists and therapy services in the inpatient or outpatient behavioral health departments or acute care facilities. The LCSW is responsible for the quality of clinical programming including adherence to psychiatric rehabilitation philosophies, use of appropriate clinical groups, effective treatment planning, and appropriate assessment and planning of care to ensure consistent quality patient care. Sets standards of performance, directs and motivates staff toward their achievement. Recruits, trains and supervises program staff and interns. Schedules and facilitates weekly treatment teams as needed and clinical problem solving providing leadership for clinical problem solving. Conducts performance assessments and evaluations of all program staff in accordance with policies and procedures. Monitors and supervises completion and accuracy of medical records. Tracks patient participation and appropriate utilization of service. Ensures timeliness, quality and appropriateness of all clinical documentation in compliance with fiscal intermediary standards and utilization management systems. Implements new treatment programs in response to identified patient population needs. Implements (and monitors) performance improvement processes to improve patient outcomes and ensure patient satisfaction, then analyzes results and develops strategies to improve areas of weakness in the program. Ensures programming meets licensing and accreditation standards. Consults with medical director(s) and program director on a regular basis, keeping him/her up to date on program performance and needs. Completes psychosocial assessments in a timely manner. Completes intake assessments when needed. Maintain fiscal responsibility according to budget. Assigns clinical duties to department staff and assures completion. Serves as a liaison and intercedes with other disciplines, patients and families as appropriate, to provide consistent quality patient care. Provides direct clinical services to patients as needed including individual, group, family and/or marital therapy. Provides therapeutic interventions - individual, family, group and marital therapies & refers when appropriate. If assigned, LCSW will oversee discharge planning activities of clinical staff. Conducts self in ethical/professional manner and ensures that ethical standards are maintained in accordance with professional codes of ethic for social work licensure. Personal characteristics include excellent interpersonal communication, judgment and problem solving skills. This person must be able to take initiative, demonstrate follow through and be able to work independently. This position is of high demand; therefore the LCSW must be able to deal with high levels of job-related stress, multiple projects and deadlines. The manager must have a strong knowledge of behavioral health disease processes, appropriate clinical interventions and the care of high risk behavioral health populations.
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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum Masters Degree with major in social work, sociology, or psychology from a four (4) year college or university accredited by the Council on Social Worker Education. Two (2) years experience in case work or counseling in a health care or social service setting. Experience in an inpatient care setting preferred
Master's degree in Social Work. Minimum of 5 years clinical experience providing patient care services required. Licensure required in social work. Must possess excellent verbal and written skills. Should have thorough working knowledge of professional ethics, standards, and relevant state and federal laws. Demonstrates understanding of etiology and dynamics of psychopathology, current diagnostic terminology, and psychiatric and psychological treatments. Sophistication required in interviewing, report writing, clinical assessment and consultation with clinical staff required.
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