The University of Kansas Hospital - Case Management & Social Work Careers

Social Work Case Manager Job

Facility: The University of Kansas Hospital - Main Campus


Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours: 8-5

Find yourself among the best. Be part of the multidisciplinary team that is the hallmark of an academic medical center. The Social Work Department serves as an integral part of the health care team, helping patients and their families cope with the challenges and issues caused by illness or other life changes. We offer very competitive wages and an outstanding benefit package.

We currently have an opening for a Social Work Case Manager.


Accepts responsibility and accountability for achievement of optimal outcomes within their scope of practice. Follows policies, procedures, and standards; complies with Corporate Compliance program. Assumes responsibility for risk and safety issues associated with the position. Takes call as required by the department expectations. Performs job specific responsibilities and demonstrates accountability for own actions and decisions.

Acquires and maintains knowledge and competence related to the expectations of their position and practices within their scope. Brings ideas and concerns to supervisor, participates in department decision making. Maintains current licensure.

Completes psychosocial assessments of patient/family situations including social, psychological, emotional, financial and other related factors to facilitate patients return to the community.

    • Identifies and utilizes all relevant information (medical/nursing needs, social work knowledge base, disease process, knowledge of community resources) to accurately and thoroughly assess the patient's psychosocial situation.

Evaluates psychosocial and medical/nursing information to determine an appropriate social service action/discharge plan.

    • Utilizes social work assessment and input from other team members to formulate realistic recommendations for social work action plan/discharge plan.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings as needed.
    • Initiates and participates in family conference to determine psychosocial and discharge planning needs.

Facilitates and participates in daily Interdisciplinary Care Coordination (ICC) Huddles by managing the daily meeting and providing relevant and discipline specific information to the entire healthcare team.

Advocates on behalf of patients and caregivers for identification and access to services. Advocates for the protection of the patient's health, safety and rights. Ensures patient choice and consistently supports a patient centered environment.

    • Provides supportive counseling to assist patients/families in adjusting to disability and illness, and for realistic planning for post hospital care.
    • Demonstrates a caring, positive regard for others by clarity of speech, use of understandable terminology and utilizing active listening skills.

Assures prudent utilization of all resources (fiscal, staff resources, environmental, equipment and services) by evaluating the options available. Demonstrates ability to balance cost and quality to assure the optimal clinical and financial outcomes.

Documents appropriate information in the patient's medical record to ensure communication of patients psychosocial needs for post hospital care.

    • Documentation includes initial contact note and follow-up action plan.
    • Documentation includes psychosocial assessment of patient/family including previous living situations.
    • Documentation includes daily telephone calls and meetings with significant others and allied professionals.
    • Documentation includes all family and/or discharge planning conferences.
    • Documentation includes response to orders within 24 working hours.

Contributes to the financial viability of hospitals.

    • Works in partnership with RN Case Manager to insure timely patient discharge.
    • Utilizes established procedures and appropriate resources in working with third party payors to ensure safe and timely discharge.
    • Participates in the case management activities at assigned site/service.

Participates in professional development activities.

    • Attends workshops, conferences or seminars suggested by Manager.
    • Completed the objectives identified on last performance appraisal.
    • Identifies professional development needs and pursues educational opportunities.
    • Participates on hospital task forces and committees.
    • Attends and participates in department meetings.
    • Acts as a preceptor for new team members.
    • Assists in training of new team members.
    • Seeks clinical supervision when needed.

Demonstrates flexibility and teamwork among case management staff members.

    • Assists peers in the event of fluctuating census.
    • Provides coverage to other services as needed or as requested by Manager.


  • Master's degree in Social Work.
  • Current Kansas Social Work license (LMSW or LSCSW).
  • Experience in a health care setting with strong social work assessment skills.
  • Knowledge of social work services - discharge planning, support, advocacy, and coordination of multiple services.
  • Ability to interact with all customers professionally and respectfully and under tight time constraints.

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