The role of the professional case manager is changing rapidly. Health reform has called upon the industry to ensure that care delivered is efficient, effective, high quality and low cost. Never in our history has the role and the function of the professional case manager been more important. The expectations of today’s case manager are evolving and the experts in policy, research and industry are talking with the Commission about changes affecting case management practice.
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Burnout has taken an immeasurable toll on health care workers. Already an area of concern before the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout has now become a pandemic itself. We can’t wipe away the harm, but we can find ways to cope. And cope we must, because although COVID may be abating, burnout is not.
A 2021 survey from Indeed found that employee burnout is on the rise: 52% of all workers are feeling burned out, which represents a 10% increase from a pre-COVID survey1. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, rates of anxiety and depression among U.S. adults were about four times higher between April 2020 and August 2021 than in 2019.
The Healthy People initiative, established in 1979, “identifies public health priorities to help individuals, organizations and communities across the United States improve health and well-being.” Since the inception, at the beginning of every decade, a new iteration of the initiative is launched to address the latest public health priorities and challenges along with measurable objectives and tools to track progress over the next 10 years. Healthy People is administered by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services. The fifth iteration, Healthy People 2030, seeks to identify nationwide health improvement priorities and increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease and disability and the opportunities for progress.
Long COVID and the workplace: Case managers and disability management specialists must prepare to support clients and educate employers
Only recently have we begun to grasp the impact of long COVID on the workplace. Despite knowing about COVID-19 and its symptoms, most health care professionals don’t completely understand what has come to be called “long COVID.” Case managers and disability management specialists need to learn as much as they can, says Patricia Nunez, MA, CRC, CDMS, CCM, secretary, Commission for Case Manager Certification. “As many as 30% of those who get COVID-19 have lingering symptoms, some debilitating.” The medical term for long COVID illness is post-acute sequelae of COVID19 (PASC). PASC includes persistent or new symptoms that develop at least four to eight weeks after the initial infection with COVID-19. For some people, these symptoms persist for a year or more. Estimates vary widely: About 10% to 30% of COVID-19 survivors develop PASC.
Taking care of others day in and day out has always been stressful. The pandemic has made it, for many, overwhelming. Burnout and compassion fatigue affect so many case managers, disability management specialists, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals. They must juggle the challenges of looking after clients during the pandemic while addressing their own struggles.
"It is especially important for case managers and disability management specialists to take care of themselves in order not to burnout. Building your own well-being can give you more energy, resilience and creativity to better serve others,” says Teri Treiger, RN-BC, MA, CCM, FABQAURP, chair-elect, Commission for Case Manager Certification. That’s because taking care of your well-being yields psychological, physical and intellectual benefits, says Beth Cabrera, Ph.D., TEDx speaker, founder of Cabrera Insights and author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being.
A better normal? The pandemic provided opportunities to transform the workplace, and many employers are ready to lead the change
Employers have spent the last 18 months supporting employees and consumers through the peaks and valleys of the pandemic. The lessons learned may influence the future of how employees work and their overall wellbeing, says Ed Quick, MA, MBA, CRC, CDMS, Commissioner, Commission for Case Manager Certification.
From the possibilities of remote work to the value of a whole-person approach to employee health, expect the pandemic to leave its mark on the future of work.
“The need to support employee health and wellbeing is more critical than ever,” he explains. “Disability Management Specialists and Certified Case Managers have had to advocate and assist clients over the past year while at the same time dealing with their own personal and workplace changes and challenges. They will likely continue to do so as we all navigate the ‘new normal.’”