The person interviewed for this paper was Dixie Cochran, Case Manager with the Source Program. Ms. Cochran has been a Licenced Practical Nurse for eight years with a wide variety of experience in the nursing field. I chose to interview this person because of her experience in healthcare and I hope to be a Registered Nurse one day soon.
Ms. Cochran has worked in surgery, emergency rooms, med-surg, out-patient surgery, nursing homes, home health, and is now a Case Manager with Source. She is certified in wound care, phlebotomy, advanced intravenous therapy, pain management, and case management. To be a Case Manager the nurse must be certified by the state of Georgia in Case Management.
Source is a state funded program that assists low income patients to stay at home and remain functional as long as possible, in hopes of preventing nursing home or group home placement. Patients must be on Medicaid and meet physical or mental disability criteria to be enrolled in the program. The patients on Source must see a Source Primary Care Physician, this is a doctor contracted with Source and the state of Georgia to provide care to Medicaid recipients. This physician must agree to participate and work with the Case Manager in doing so he must meet with the Case Manager once a month. He will also inform the Case Manager at any time during the month if he finds a problem with the patient, just as the Case Manager agrees to do the same for the physician. Patients on the Source program must inform the Case Manager and the physician of any changes in their health care. Many Patients on Source may see multiple physicians according to their diagnosis; these physicians could duplicate medications or tests.
The Source program offers patients young and old in home aide services, home delivered meals, emergency response systems, adult day health, transportation, and medical management. The Case Manager is responsible for seeing that all the patients’ medical needs...
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