What does a Direct Care Counselor do?

Care Managers are found working all over the healthcare industry. The primary role of a Care Manager is to facilitate communication between different caregivers in the advocacy of the patient. Care Managers are often in contact with multiple doctors, nurses, and specialists to best coordinate the directives of each care specialist into a seamless health plan for the patient. Care Managers are found in large institutions such as hospitals and inpatient care centers in higher numbers than in smaller care facilities.

A Care Manager typically has a bachelor's in a medical field, has completed their residency, practiced for at least ten years and has obtained there Masters Degree in healthcare. Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification is a big plus in the field. Managing multiple patients and their progress can be an overwhelming task. A willingness to put in long hours and be available out of standard work times is a common expectation in the field. Having genuine interest and compassion in each patient will bring great satisfaction to those who seek this profession.

What responsibilities are common for Direct Care Counselor jobs?
  • Schedule regular meetings with all caregivers, doctors and specialists involved in a patient's care
  • Identify conflicts in patient care and make judgement calls as to the best path forward
  • Ensure all involved are up to date on the latest tests results and information
  • Maintain an information data stream on multiple patients
  • Oversee the implementation of a patient's medical plan
  • Identify problems ahead of time and initiate appropriate actions
  • Keep up to date and detailed records on all patients
  • Coordinate with other Care Manager to best fall inline with budget
What are the typical qualifications for Direct Care Counselor jobs?
  • Completion of residency program
  • 10+ years practicing in a medical field
  • Masters Degree in a medical field (preferred)
  • Ability to multitask while assisting numerous patients
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities
  • A high drive to be successful in all endeavors
  • Ability to work outside of normal business hours
  • Possess a calm and comfortable bedside manner
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Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCedars-Sinai Medical Center
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25 Jun 2021

“Great resources and it was awesome working at one of the top hospitals in the nation.”

ChildNet Youth and Family ServicesChildNet Youth and Family Services
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20 Jan 2023

“Flexibly schedule and you get to work with amazing talent while serving the communities you care most about.”

The Sparrow's Nest Maternity HomeThe Sparrow's Nest Maternity Home
Care Staff
21 Oct 2021

“I was working for some extra money and experience while in college and it was perfect.”

reSTART LifereSTART Life
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26 May 2021

“racist work and I was even told to stop sending emails about social justice issues or I could get fired.”

Illumination FoundationIllumination Foundation
Care Manager
30 Oct 2022

“Working with Clients and homeless people who needed help was the best part of my job.”

Catholic Guardian ServicesCatholic Guardian Services
Care Manager
28 Jul 2022

“Salaries do not increase annually even if you do exceptional work and have great performance evals.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Care Coordinator
11 Jan 2021

“growth is limited after starting (you'll see what I mean if you do end up being hired here)”

Bright Beginnings Learning Academy
Child Care Director
12 Jul 2021

“It is nice to work in a team setting although some of the teachers prefer this style.”

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