Disability Case Manager Salary
Experienced Disability Case Managers pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $60K, much more than the $48K annually national average for others in this area of work. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $46K. Disability Case Managers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Disability Case Managers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $57K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Disability Case Manager
A disability case manager is primarily responsible for assisting and supporting patients with disabilities, as well as choosing health care services. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a field such as Nursing, Human Services or Social Work from an accredited institution, while many positions require a Master’s degree in these fields. In addition to education, this position often requires at least one year of experience in direct care for mentally- or developmentally-disabled patients, as well as training within social work, counseling, occupational therapy and other specialties within the field.Read More...
Those in this position can work within an office and keep traditional daytime “office hours;” however, it is also common for disability case managers to work in patients’ homes, and for extended hours or in varying shifts. It is the disability case manager’s responsibility to assist and support a number of patients in choosing the most suitable services. He/she must also be aware of the complexities of the disability/disabilities at hand while managing a growing and ever-changing caseload.
Disability case managers work within an interdisciplinary team in order to review each case/patient, and are responsible for maintaining awareness of eligibility, progress and potential changes within the case. They must check in regularly with each client and may provide counseling or visit appropriate agencies.
This position requires: a high work ethic, strong communication skills with patients and other healthcare providers, excellent organizational and time management skills, and general compassion for persons with disabilities. Disability case managers are also responsible for maintaining valid drivers' licenses, reliable transportation, and proof of automotive insurance.
Disability Case Manager Tasks
- Oversee employee transitions through the disability process, from filing a claim to returning to work.
- Examine contributing factors to determine when and how an employee will return to work.
- Review all applicable contractual, medical, and work-related documentation to determine claims eligibility.
- Process disability requests, conducting employee interviews and research as needed.
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