Medical Case Management
Medical Case Management refers to the program developed and administered by Future Care for the professional oversight of medical treatment. Elements of the program include the assignment of a licensed physician or nurse Future Care case manager to communicate with the attending physicians, hospital staff and crewmember to review and monitor medical treatment; maintain contact with the crewmember during the course of treatment; and to assist in the coordination of the arrangements for the crewmember’s release and/or repatriation, if applicable, when medically certified as fit for discharge or fit to travel.
Continuity of Care. When a ship is enrolled in our Caring for the Crew® program, our entire team responds from the moment that the crewman reports a medical issue onboard ship, anywhere around the globe. In serious cases our medical case managers work closely with our physician advisors to manage the response and plan for hospitalization or other on-shore treatment.
The medical case manager will identify and steer the crewman to an appropriate facility, coordinate admission, make the necessary transportation and other arrangements with the port agent, transmit the physician advisory records of treatment, among other first steps. The medical case manager will contact the treatment team and review medical options. The medical case manager will communicate with the crewmember and his family, as requested, and explain the proposed course of treatment. Finally, the medical case manager reports all relevant developments to the shipowner, P&I Club and others, as directed.
In cases involving extended convalescence the Future Care case manager will supervise treatment after hospital discharge, including local outpatient treatment or upon repatriation. The case manager monitors the crewman’s compliance with prescribed medications/therapy, arranges appointments and maintains communication with the crewmember, coordinating with medical providers to plan a timely return to Fit for Duty status or maximum medical cure.
The presence of a licensed physician or nurse medical case manager acts as the “face” of the medical care being provided by the shipowner to the injured or ill seafarer. His or her knowledgeable attendance throughout hospitalization and convalescence is a reminder of the shipowner’s concern and creates goodwill between employer and employee, reducing the likelihood of claims and litigation.
Finally, the medical case manager’s professional interaction and oversight of the treatment team’s prescription acts to foster efficiency of treatment, reduces hospital stay and number of unnecessary medical procedures, thereby greatly reducing cost.
PLEASE CONTACT INFO@FUTURECAREINC.COM IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT FUTURE CARE’S MEDICAL CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND/OR OUR OTHER MEDICAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES.
Please explore our other services, summarized on our Caring for the Crew® Program page.