Case Study

The Unique Role of the Social Worker Within the Hospital at Home Care Delivery Team

Social Work in Health Care, March 1, 2021 Hospital at Home (HaH) provides acute, hospital-level care at home and post-discharge follow-up. Through a review of 293 HaH admissions conducted by an urban, multidisciplinary HaH program from 2014 to 2017, this report found that a social worker is involved in 71% of admissions and plays a crucial role in pre-emergency department discharge home care and safety screening, home intake, follow-up support, and transition of care to primary care providers and community-based services. Click here to read the full case study.

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Medical Care at Home Comes of Age

California Health Care Foundation, January 13, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our healthcare system like never before, highlighting the need for patient-centered care delivery outside of the hospital walls. This California Health Care Foundation report features a Contessa case study that explores why our care model is becoming increasingly popular, and important, during the public health emergency. Click here to read the full report.

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No Place Like Home: Bringing Inpatient Care to the Patient


New England Journal of Medicine, Catalyst,  By Narayana Murali, MD and Travis Messina,  August 2019 Online Case Study: KEY TAKEAWAYS Establish clear processes and a well-defined team. These processes will yield superior outcomes and a lower cost of care. Establish an expansive list of targeted conditions for the program. The Home Recovery Care (HRC) model is beneficial for numerous patients; if the number of treatable conditions is limited, the program will likely exclude many patients who could greatly benefit from this model of care, limiting the clinical team’s opportunities to gain experience with this model. If a patient is…

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