Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) is a federal mandate that protects individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or mental retardation (MR) from placement in facilities that can’t provide their specialized level of care. The screen also determines whether patients are capable of living independently.
Recruiting, retention, and turnover are challenging in any profession. Case management is no exception. Experienced, competent case managers are especially hard to find, says Wendy De Vreugd, RB, BSN, PHN, FNP, senior director of case management for West Region at Kindred Healthcare, Hospital Division, in Westminster, CA.
At Cabell Huntington (WV) Hospital (CHH), case managers are more than just chart reviewers, they are part of the physician team—a shift in perspective that improved the facility’s LOS and, arguably, its patient care.
Increased ED volumes, changes in regulatory requirements, the required use of observation, and added scrutiny from the recovery audit contractors have made implementing an ED case management model essential.