The University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) has taken a unique approach to improving revenue and reducing bad debt. By taking “a proactive, patient-friendly approach to communicating with patients about their financial responsibility through an integrated revenue cycle model,” UPMC has increased patient payments from an average of $16 million per month in 2012 to an average of $20 million per month since March 2013 (Langford, 2013, p. 88). Additionally, UPMC has been able to “significantly reduced bad debt and enhanced patient relationships through greater financial advocacy” (Langford, 2013, p. 88). In the fiscal year of 2009, UPMC’s bad debt accounted for 52% of UPMC’s uncompensated care, and as of 2013, the bad debt accounts for 24%
Writing in Human Services can be divided into a professional and an academic division. Professionals in this field utilize writing as a tool of service designed to ensure quality of care for clients served, while academic writing focuses on education and further research within the field. Both professional writing and academic writing have their own set of values and styling that will be analysis in this paper.
Who I identify as, including identifying as a social worker once I graduate, will have some level privilege and power attached to the chosen identities. Gelfand, Sillivan, and Steinhouse (2002) noted that there are may dimensions that influence our personal and professional relationships with others, and these dimensions shape how we see and interact with, include or exclude them, and ways that we oppress or discriminate against them. As a social worker whose clients share my same identity, we may benefit by my having a shared understanding of cultural norms and expectations to reach a common goal. For clients who share commonalities with me, we may benefit by being able to work more collaboratively and possibly a more trusting relationship than one that must be built over time. However, just as similarities can be empowering, I must remember that the client knows best despite our shared identities that may speak otherwise. In addition, challenges can arise when there is no commonality in identities or when identities between myself and a client are radically different. In these times, as a social worker who has a degree of power in a relationship with people seeking help, that I must acknowledge to myself that my power can impede on inclusively practicing and remain self-aware (Gelfand, Sullivan, & Steinhouse,
Other strategy may begin a relationship with a client knowing that some degree of intervention will be required on a long-term, open-ended basis. Intervention may be needed due to the physical, mental, or emotional condition of the client or may be related to the client’s circumstances such as poverty, abusive relationships, or capacity. An example would be case management services offered to a person who is diagnosed with AIDS. The client may function quite independently except at various crisis points during which the case manager may need to provide fairly intensive
Case management is a process that ensures that you are provided with whatever services you may need in a coordinated, effective, and efficient manner,FIntagliata, 1981 as cited in Frankel & Gelman (2012).Treatment is structured to ensure smooth transitions to the next level of care, avoid gaps in service, and respond rapidly to the threat of relapse. Assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring, and advocacy are the functions that comprise case management.
According to Jacqueline Corcoran (2011), people were basically viewed in terms of their pathologies, weaknesses, limitations, and problems. However, in strengths-based models, in contrast, the helper, in collaboration with the client system, identifies and amplifies existing client system capacities to resolve problems and improve quality of life. Strengths-based approaches can be viewed as respectful toward and empowering of the oppressed and vulnerable people to which the field of social work traditionally has been committed (Corcoran,
Chicago and other major cities remain in the news, as they continue to struggle with high murder rates. In fact, the city of Chicago has witnessed a 50 percent increase in its murder rate in only a one year period, and this area is not alone. Thankfully, cities across America and noticing violent and property crime rates remain at historic lows. The new adminstration has noted the increase in murder rates, but needs to also consider that other crimes on are the decline, which is always a good thing.
The quality MSW program offered at Our Lady of the Lake will enable me to conduct research into, and increase my understanding of the diversity this program entails. I know that my adaptive personality will help me to form lasting connections to further build my professional goals. I believe that I my passion, drive, having an open mind and willingness to learn will grant me success as a Social Worker. I am determined to do all that I can to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and commit myself to improving the social and personal experiences of family’s, geriatrics, and children. After receiving my degree, I want to find a career in Child Welfare, while also servicing the geriatric
Modern social workers are frequently tasked with certain objectives by their agencies, which leave little room for any work beyond specific treatments and timeframes (Gitterman & Knight, 2016). Although social workers are bound to the set of ethics put forth by the NASW, practitioners are often limited to focusing on the issues of the individual rather than the larger societal issues that may be behind those concerns. Additionally, many social work students end up working in direct practice, rather than macro work. There is a need for social workers to engage at the macro level in order to facilitate community organization and empowerment.
First of all, I had the opportunity to interview Kim Bartells who’s a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Michealsen Health Center and learn more about her role as a social work. Before I started interviewing Kim, I asked her if it was alright with her if I recorded the conversation and she said it was fine with it. I started the interview with asking what type of population Michealsen Health Center serves and she told me it was mostly elderly people. Kim works in a “Microlevel intervention involves working with individuals--- separately, in families, or in small groups---to facilitate change in individual behavior or in relationship” (DuBois and Miley 69). This types of individuals she is working with are elderly residents “who utilize long-term care experience a combination of physical or cognitive limitation that require some level of assistance in activities of daily living” (DuBois and Miley 314-315) and their families as well.
Healthcare organizations (HCOs) face a number of difficulties within its organization each day, including patient acquisition and patient retention. It is commonly believed that getting individuals to their healthcare facility is the most challenging aspect that HCOs face. Of course, new patient acquisition could be a challenge without an efficient marketing strategy, but the challenge does not stop there. One of the biggest challenges for many practices today is maintaining a high patient retention rate. Pushing a patient from a one-time-visitor to becoming a frequent visitor of a specific healthcare organization involves much more effort than expected. Unfortunately, this would be an issue that Boardwalk Clinic would soon realize.
SSGT Joseph White came into the local VA Community based clinic for medical care. When he was discussing his situation at home, the medical doctor found that it would beneficial that the social worker talk with SSGT White. The social worker obtained an appropriate assessment to assist with finding services that would be available to him through the VA and/or local community organizations for his symptoms and treatment options.
OIC is a unique and progressive center dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments and therapies to Omaha and surrounding communities. We provide integrative primary care & family medicine, mental health services, therapeutic yoga, nutrition services, acupuncture, body work and therapeutic massage, and mind – body medicine practices. Our number-one priority is creating a healing, therapeutic environment for our clients and providing the highest level of patient care and customer service.
Work to uplift the society by helping people, their families and communities by correcting their problems and try to work for their betterment. Social work is a profession and people doing social work are skilled professionals with good command on their subject. This practice requires an understanding of human. Social work professionals are found in every facet of our life. Example, education institution, companies, healthcare organisations to name a few. This profession requires a diverse range of skills and right attitude and behaviour to handle the clients. Active listening, being tolerant and empathetic, critical analysis of the situation and immense strength and determination.
Ethical issues arise in every area of the practice of law. However, it seems that the area of elder law is a minefield of ethical issues and quandaries waiting for the unaware attorney. Elder law has significantly complicated issues that deal with not only your client, but also the family of the client and even non-family members that are just as close to the client as their family and may in fact be the only contact you have to your client. The problem with this area of the law and its ethical dilemmas is the fact