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Medical Social Worker

The Medical Social Worker is responsible for preparing social histories of patients, and assessing their needs. They also provide casework to patients and their families that are having difficulty with social functioning as it affects their health, and aids in other processes in regards to social agencies.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides casework to patients and their families in accordance with the physician’s care plan
  • Works to assist the physician and other health care providers in understanding any social or emotional factors related to the patient’s health in order to create a plan of care
  • Assesses the patient and their family to prepare a social history to modify existing service, or to serve as a guide for changing the level of service
  • Considers the patient’s financial situation as it relates to their medical needs, and seeks out financial assistance when deemed necessary to facilitate the most efficient recovery

Education and Experience

  • Generally, a minimum of a Master’s degree in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education is required, though experience may take the place of some education in certain situations
  • At least a year of experience in the health care setting is required
  • A current license in the state of practice is required
  • Some experience in home health care is preferred, though not required