Violence against hospital staff members has been a worsening problem since COVID-19 began. Approximately 44% of nurses report experiencing physical violence in recent years, and 68% say they have been verbally abused, according to a study cited by the AHA.
The federal government has prioritized giving more patients the ability to get healthcare in their homes. In pursuit of this goal, it recently granted an extension that will allow states more time to use American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds to provide additional long-term services and support to beneficiaries.
Case managers are overburdened and understaffed in hospitals across the country. With a tight job market, it’s likely that the crunch won’t lessen any time soon, so many organizations are looking to increase efficiency to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of their patients.
Over the past two decades, case management research has established recommendations for optimal caseload size. These efforts were significant, contributed to evidence-based practice, and remain relevant today.