CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Webinar: Utilization of Outpatient Care Management and the Impact it has on Reducing Hospitalizations, May 21, 2021

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TOPIC: Utilization of Outpatient Care Management and the Impact it has on Reducing Hospitalizations


DATE: Friday, May 21, 2021

TIME: 12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

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Hospitals and rehab centers are all too familiar with the penalties of hospital readmission within 30 days.  Utilization of private home care and care managers is on the rise in “Hospital to Home” approaches that impact previous statistics.  Many managed care plans have adopted some form of outpatient care management, but typically only telephonic support is afforded.  Join us as we explore the services of an Aging Life Care Professional and the breadth of their reach that translates into improved outcomes like reducing hospitalization for complex medical, mental health and elderly with limited support systems.

1. Identify opportunities for improved outcomes after a hospital stay.
2.Explore the breadth of care management versus traditional case management services.
3. Discuss high risk scenarios and possible solutions to reduce the negative cycle of hospital admissions.

Maria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in virtually all care settings for over 25 years. She worked in hospital management and case management roles for medical and behavioral hospitals for much of her career.  With early roots in home care and long term care, her hospital experience then rounded out when she worked for a respected elder law attorney.  As a life care planner and social worker, the need for care management of elders, disabled and mental health populations became apparent.  Maria honed in on skills such as care coordination, long term care planning, and multiple levels of client advocacy for guardianships, placements, and in home support.

Maria received her Master’s degree at The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She specialized in Gerontology and Management, earning additional graduate certificates from University of Missouri St. Louis and Washington University during her studies. As an Advanced Certified Aging Life Care Manager, she sits at the top of the tiers of care management practice levels.  She recently served in board positions for the Midwest Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association and the Senior Connections Advisory Board for Lutheran Senior Services.  She is currently the Board President of a non-profit assisting families with guardianship, called Guardian Assist.  She is a proud and active member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Aging Life Care Association and Social Work Leaders in Healthcare, while serving as a resource to many health care professionals in St. Louis County and surrounding communities.

Maria is the founder and Principal Care Manager of Care Choice Care Management, LLC.  Maria mentors and oversees a team of Masters level professionals who assess, educate, facilitate, and manage services for families with elderly or disabled loved ones.  Maria has a passion for assisting clients, so they maintain a high quality of life, while remaining as self-sufficient and independent as possible.  Her background in psychiatric care management and problem solving around decision-making barriers, serve as one area of unique specialty that Care Choice provides.  She often partners with legal and financial professionals to identify solutions that empower her clients and offer a “big picture” to long range planning needs.  With multiple care managers sharing a variety of skill sets, and an ability to help people of all needs navigate the healthcare system, Care Choice is one of the leading practices of its kind in the Midwest.

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