Difficulty Navigating Medical Appointments After A Car Accident? You Need A Nurse Case Manager
If you have been injured in a car accident and are finding the medical world difficult to navigate, you may need a nurse case manager. Here's what you need to know.
The Role of a Nurse Case Manager
A nurse case manager is someone who has an education in the medical field, usually as a nurse or a physical therapist. Due to their training in the medical field, they are able to guide you through the various testings, procedures, and appointments that you may need so you can recover from your injuries. He or she will coordinate medical care, find specialists, and help you get mobility aids, if necessary.
Your nurse case manager will seem like he or she is always right there with you. While it is their job to make sure that you attend each of your procedures and treatments, they should not be physically in the rooms with you during your appointments. They will wait for your in the waiting area until your appointment is finished. They may speak with your physician after your appointment about your care but they do not have any say-so in any decisions made about your care. They only need to make sure that you are on the right track for your recovery.
Who Hires & Pay for Nurse Case Managers
A nurse case manager can be hired by the insurance company that is paying for the accident. This can be facilitated by the insurance company or by you, as the injured party, or by your attorney. If the insurance company hired the nurse case manager, The at-fault insurance company is the party that pays for the nurse case manager. Therefore, it is important that you hire an accident attorney if you need to prove that your accident was caused by someone else so the correct insurance company will cover the medical payments and the costs of the nurse case manager.
The nurse case managers do report back to the insurance company who pay them, whether they are hired directly by the insurance company or not. The reason for this, of course, is because they act as a liaison in making sure that your medical bills for your appointments, treatments, and procedures are properly handled as quickly as possible so their is no substantial delay in payment to the medical care providers, which could put you at risk for being denied service if the medical facilities are for-profit.