Company: Kern Medical
Posted on: August 16, 2019
Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in
1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds,
offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los
Angeles. Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and
multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care,
inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health
programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing
personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for
15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.
Career Opportunities within Kern Medical include many benefits such
- New Hire Premium: +6% of base rate of pay, matched up to 6% if
contributed to Deferred Compensation Plan.
- Shift Differential Pay: varies per classification.
- A Comprehensive Benefits Package: includes Holidays, Paid Time
Off, Retirement, Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance.
Position: Discharge Facilitator
Under supervision of a Registered Nurse, to provide discharge
planning services to patients and their families.
Positions in this classification are assigned to the Case
Management division of Kern Medical. Incumbents perform discharge
planning functions, from admission through discharge; implement the
appropriate discharge plan; assist in securing a safe discharge
environment; and work with internal resources to identify funding
- Performs admission discharge planning interviews for all
patients assigned by the unit based Case Manager or referred by
hospital personnel to submit to appropriate Case Manager Registered
- Observes and reports patient's home environment, past clinical
needs, medical history, current medical condition, and functional
status to determine the feasibility of discharge and transitional
arrangements, to a Utilization Review Nurse.
- Collaborates with a Utilization Review Nurse and
interdisciplinary team (including physicians and staff nurses) to
facilitate a discharge / transitional plan.
- Makes updates the interdisciplinary discharge plan.
- Acts as an advocate for patients who require assistance with
eligibility determination for social programs and funding sources.
Provides information to patients and their family for financial
benefits for which they may be entitled.
- Establishes successful business relationships with community
- Contacts managed care organizations to obtain certification and
authorization for post-acute services. Provides patients and their
families with educational information and referral choices
regarding post-acute services.
- Assists patients and families with setting up in-home
services/equipment and/or institutional placement options.
- Contacts physicians for referrals to home health care agencies
or other agencies as needed.
- Communicates with external services such as medical equipment,
home health agencies, nursing facilities, and other healthcare
- Collaborates with Social Services to assist patients and their
families in the preparation of necessary changes in their familial
- Coordinates, with patients and their families, transportation
plans for discharge and/or outpatient appointments. Provides
appropriate transportation referrals as necessary.
- Identifies patients in need of short term therapeutic
counseling and crisis intervention; victims of abuse; patients in
need of advanced directives; ethics/end of life consultation;
patients with psycho-social stressors; and refers cases to Medical
Social Worker services as required.
- Submits accurate and clear documents, related to assessments
and interventions in a timely manner.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with an
Associate's degree or higher and one (1) year experience in an
acute care facility.
Possession of a current valid clear and unrestricted Vocational
Nurse License, as issued by the State of California and one (1)
year experience in an acute care facility.
Possess and maintain a current, clean, and clear American Heart
Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.
Appointees not possessing the BLS card must successfully complete
appropriate training and qualify for the BLS card within sixty (60)
days of appointment or employment will be terminated.
Knowledge of: Community and post-acute services available in the
community; medical terminology; hospital routines; basic patient
disease processes and treatment modalities; inter-relationships of
various clinical and diagnostic services; payer source
requirements; and government regulations affecting reimbursement
and authorizations for post-acute services.
Ability to: Navigate and review a patient's medical record; take
direction from unit based case manager and to work in a team
environment to assure positive outcomes; coordinates the plan
addressing assessed needs; establish and maintain working
relationships with individuals and families; communicate
effectively both verbally and in writing, demonstrate appropriate
and effective interpersonal skills; understand agency programs,
policies, and procedures; use computers and other technological
devices in the scope of work.
A background check will be conducted for this classification.
Keywords: Kern Medical, Bakersfield , Discharge Facilitator, Other , Bakersfield, California
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