Buy this Article for $10.95

Have a coupon or promotional code? Enter it here:

When you buy this you'll get access to the ePub version, a downloadable PDF, and the ability to print the full article.


  1. Almaden, Stefany PhDc, MS, CCM, CPUM, CMCN, RN
  2. Freshman, Brenda PhD
  3. Quaye, Beverly EdD, RN


Purpose of the Study: To explore strategies for improving patient throughput and to redesign case management processes to facilitate level of care transitions and safe discharges.


Primary Practice Setting: Large Urban Medical Center in South Los Angeles County, with 384 licensed beds that services poor, underserved communities.


Methodology and Sample: Both qualitative and quantitative methods were applied. Combined theoretical frameworks were used for needs assessment, intervention strategies, and change management. Observations, interviews, surveys, and database extraction methods were used. The sample consisted of case management staff members and several other staff from nursing, social work, and emergency department staff.


Results: Postintervention measures indicated improvement in reimbursements for services, reduction in length of stay, increased productivity, improved patients' access to care, and avoiding unnecessary readmission or emergency department visits.


Implications for Case management Practice: Effective change management strategies must consider multiple factors that influence daily operations and service delivery. Creating accountability by using performance measures associated with patient transitions is highlighted by the case study results. The authors developed a process model to assist in identifying and tracking outcome measures related to patient throughput, front-end assessments, and effective patient care transitions. This model can be used in future research to further investigate best case management practices.