A care coordinator is a healthcare specialist who focuses on organizing patient care and treatments by incorporating all members in the care team. They usually work with patients with specific diagnoses such as diabetes, asthma, heart failure, etc.
Care coordination helps prevent fragmented care and helps patients seamlessly transition from one care area to another. In today’s complicated world of healthcare, patients need someone to help navigate them throughout the care continuum.
Care coordinators help to:
- Improve patient care outcomes
- Improve access to care
- Decrease healthcare cost
- Prevent hospital re-admissions
- Promote continuity of care
Varied Healthcare Setting:
Care coordinators can work in a multitude of care settings. They can work in emergency departments, inpatient units, ambulatory care, and specialty units. They can also work in long-term care facilities, home health, and community-based organizations. Basically, any time patients need assistance navigating the healthcare arena, care coordinators are needed.
Care coordinators are, in a sense, patient representatives. Patients have very individualized needs depending on their health and diagnoses. Care coordinators help obtain and utilize healthcare services based on those needs. For example, a patient hospitalized with congestive heart failure may require dietary education from a nutritionist, home monitoring via cardiology or telehealth, and activity/exercise counseling from physical therapist. The care coordinator helps by collaborating with any members of the healthcare team that will help improve outcomes, but also with community resources fro things such as transportation, child care, or food security.
The specific roles and duties of a care coordinator may include:
- Educating patients and families
- Developing care plans to involve the entire disciplinary team
- Visiting patients to monitor and evaluate progress
- Assist in obtaining needed services (medical & non-medical)
- Maintaining quality, safety, and patient privacy
Employment of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses is projected to grow (11% for LPNs and 12% for RNs) from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.
Where To Get Care Coordinator Training
Comprehensive Non-Clinical Training:
The focus of the ATHOS care coordination curriculum is to train and enhance healthcare providers whose functional responsibility includes care coordination. This course teaches individuals techniques to upgrade patient-centered care, improve the delivery of culturally appropriate healthcare services, and reinforce professional behavior in the workplace.
Modules of the Care Coordination Essentials course include:
- Cultural Competency and Health Literacy
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Introduction of New Models of Care and Healthcare Trends
- Interdisciplinary Teams
- Person-Centered Care and Communication
- Chronic Disease and Social Determinants of Health
- Quality Improvement in the Healthcare Setting
- Community Orientation
- Health Information Technology, Documentation and Confidentiality
Includes exciting interactive learning activities:
Benefits of Our Training:
- Detailed knowledge of non-clinical skills to prosper in today’s healthcare environment.
- Add it to your resume to set yourself apart from others in your field.
- Increase your income potential with these added skills & training
- Professional development that will help in nearly any healthcare field
Care Coordinator Training Cost:
** Free for the 9-module, 40-hour course — includes certificate of completion + R-AHEC CEUs
( provided by New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development under
a grant administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Inc. )
** until available spots are filled, then the course cost is $900 / student.
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