The Social Worker is responsible for the evaluation, planning and provision of psychosocial and emotional care to patients and their families when needed to promote the patient's medical condition. The Social Worker is part of a multi-disciplinary team servicing the patients and their families.
Duties of the Social Worker may vary by department but may include, but not limited to, discharge planning, long-term planning, financial planning, and community resources, counseling, and serving as a liaison between the patient, the hospital, and community agencies. The Social Worker may coordinate the complex discharge planning needs of assigned case load to expedite appropriate, cost effective, and safe discharges promoting an integrated and seamless patient-centered experience. The Social worker demonstrates expertise in accessing social systems by providing resource specific information to patients/families/caregivers, initiating contact with appropriate resources and facilitating the patient's ability to accept referrals.
Education: Masters Degree from an accredited school of Social Work.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience as a social worker or discharge planner preferred. Prefer acute care experience.
Licensure/Certification: Currently licensed by the State Board of Social Work Examiners for S.C.
For positions located in the Care Coordination dept, prefer Case Management Certification.
Primary Source Verification (if applicable): Social Worker-
Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR): http://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/LookupMain.aspx
Excellent clinical administrative skills and judgment.
Demonstrates knowledge of community resources, government and commercial payor programs benefits and eligibility, and post-acute service regulatory requirements. Demonstrates knowledge of reimbursement systems, the ability to educate patients and families regarding payor requirements / coverage for post-acute care services and the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of the patient to obtain authorizations for continued care as appropriate. Maintains working knowledge of post-transition of care options based on facilities capabilities and funding accepted.
Maintains a working relationship with external providers, services, agencies to facilitate the transition of care. Requires high level negotiation skills and confidence in communicating with and engaging in crucial conversations with physicians, patients/families/caregivers and entire healthcare team. Must have strong organizational skills.
Other: Requires excellent professional oral and written communications skills.
Ability to work in a fast pace team environment. Ability to prioritize and multi-task. Ability to make sound judgments and act professionally under pressure.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive patient information. Individual is able to work independently but be able to identify when they should ask for help. The individual should be flexible in order to respond to changing needs in the Department.
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