Rush University Medical Center  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Department: Case Management

Shift: 1st

Full/Part: Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)


Job Number: 2018-3688

Job Description:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Medical Home

Rush University Medical Center presents an exciting opportunity for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Medical Home. The Social Worker is an Illinois-licensed social worker who provides pediatric patient care through a diverse role as a clinician, educator, care coordinator, and advocate. The Social Worker works in a collaborative relationship with other members of the healthcare team to support coordination of care across medical and community-based service systems in order to reduce psychosocial barriers that may negatively impact the patient’s health management and outcomes. The Social Worker uses a motivational interviewing approach, attending to the patient’s ability to successfully self-manage chronic illnesses and effectively utilize healthcare services. The Social Worker will collaborate with the healthcare team to identify patients who meet established criteria for outreach efforts. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes MHN portal and EMR reports to identify patients in need of outreach efforts from a psychosocial and environmental perspective based on inter-professional team collaboration, ER, and patient discharges.

  • Conducts comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments for pediatric patients by phone or in person to identify extrinsic barriers to medical plan adherence (i.e. transportation, financial concerns, or pharmacy coverage) and patient quality of life.

  • Develops psychosocial plan of care with the pediatric patients/families to address barriers.

  • Connects patient to needed community-based services, providing intensive care coordination as clinically indicated.

  • Advocates within complex medical and community-based service systems to improve patient access to needed services.

  • Facilitates communication between patients, care team, and community-based providers to ensure continuity of care.

  • Contributes to documentation of individualized care for identified patients, focusing on specific psychosocial goals. Assesses progress toward goals based on clinical judgment and motivational interviewing techniques.

  • Assesses and monitors adherence to outreach and problem-solves intrinsic barriers to effective patient self-management of chronic conditions (i.e. education level, language barriers, etc.).

  • Refers pediatric patients/families to self-management support programs as needed.

  • Refers pediatric patients to mental health services as needed.

  • Provides educational materials and resources to patient and family that are in a format which is specific to the patient/family learning abilities and language preference. Communicates such preferences to care teams.

  • Works to improve identified MHN outcomes by using MHN quality measures.

  • Participates in medical home quality improvement initiatives. Activities may include data collection, chart review, interdisciplinary collaboration, analysis of patient data, and MHNConnect user group meetings as assigned.

  • Attends individual and group supervision meetings for outpatient social workers as well as relevant social work trainings.

Position Qualifications Include:

  • Current State of Illinois Licensed Social Worker licensure required, LCSW preferred.

  • Master’s degree in Social Work required.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish highly desired.

  • At least two years of social work experience preferred.

  • Experience working with the pediatric population highly desired.

  • Experience utilizing motivational interviewing highly desired.

  • Experience in a managed care setting highly desired.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Familiarity with electronic medical records preferred.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to function independently.

  • Organized and self-motivated.

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush is an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

  • Rush is ranked second for Quality and Accountability among 102 leading academic medical centers in the United States in a study conducted by the health care services company Vizient.

  • Rush University Medical Center received five stars in a quality rating system by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Rush University Medical Center is the only five-star academic medical center in the Chicago area.

  • Rush University Medical Center has been named a top teaching hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Rush is one of 36 hospitals to receive this designation, and one of two in Illinois.

  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.