We answer your questions!

What is a Care Manager?

A care manager is a health and human services professional who specializes in coordination of the aging process. A specialized knowledge base in senior care. An advocate and health coach for our senior clients as well as support to their families during the journey that an aging family member takes. One point of contact for all health management needs. Care Manager Certification requires years of experience and licensing in a healthcare field such as Registered Nursing. 

Who covers the expense of care managers?

As a founding member of the Southern California Care Management initiative- our goal as a collaborative group -is to educate the community on the benefits of hiring a care manager. Together we hope that all insurance companies will start to utilize our knowledge and the power of prevention- to cover our expenses for clients. 

Why would I use a Care Manager?

Managing the health care of an individual is a difficult task. Without the experience and expertise of a medical professional- it is a daunting task. Care Managers are experts in the industry- a proven plan that decreases rehospitalizations and utilizes the health care system to work for you. Have an expert at your side who will advocate for you at all times.

How much does a Certified Care Manager cost?

Initial comprehensive assessment, care plan creation, implementation, and evaluation starts at $450. Hourly rates of $175 for maintaining the plan of care, crisis intervention and on going needs of our clients. Access 24/7.  ***Keep in mind the average ER visit costs up to $500 out of pocket and $3000 billed to insurance***

How does this save ME time and money?

One way that OVCM was able to assist a client- was crisis intervention. Our client was having a medical crisis and our experienced Registered Nurse was at the client home in minutes to assess and communicate with family and the PCP. The client avoided hospitalization and unnecessary testing. The family had piece of mind that their loved one was truly okay. 

Is Medication Reconciliation really that important?

Research shows that medication errors can be prevented with proper medication records and continual updates. One of the biggest times medication errors occur is during transitions to other providers. OVCM provides accurate medication lists to clients, family members, all healthcare providers and continually verifies changes with prescribers. We have pharmacists available to consult to ensure our clients never experience harm from a medication error. OVCM also provides a lay person list for medication refilling of pill boxes. Example: Crestor 20mg at night is described at 'small circle pink pill with G/D markings' to assist in keeping our clients safe.