Community Case Management: A Strategy to Improve Access to Medical Care in Uninsured Populations

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Abstract

Case management is a rapidly growing strategy to help vulnerable populations access the health care they need in a fragmented U.S. service delivery system. A number of lessons can be learned from the successes and challenges of a developing, hospital-based, community-focused case management group in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The Community Case Management program has a case management team based at each of four hospitals. Each team has a social worker and a nurse, whose main goal is to help the uninsured find a primary health care home. This dynamic combination has several benefits. Each team member brings a vital skill set in helping the clients change behavior and access the care and support they need. Also, the nurse-social worker team concept creates a synergy in which team members support each other and create the best solution to their clients' needs.

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