Resources

Although health care systems commonly refer individuals with unmet social needs to social service agencies, in some cases, these agencies may not have the capacity to provide adequate assistance. This...
Integrated primary care teams have demonstrated positive impacts on patient care, but less is known about the impact of including social workers on these teams. This study evaluated the addition of...
Health care organizations are increasingly partnering with Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide social needs support for older adults in the community who are identified with high health risks...
To improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs and utilization for people with complex needs, it is important to understand the underlying social and behavioral issues that may be driving...
Engaging patients in shared decision-making requires providers to integrate patient-identified goals into patient-provider communications. This qualitative study explored how high-need, high-cost...
Many older adults in the United States experience social isolation and loneliness, which are associated with increased risks for premature mortality, dementia, and other poor health outcomes. Since...
Adventist Health Clear Lake, a health system in rural California, initiated a cross-sector collaboration between rural service providers and community agencies to more effectively address the needs of...
While Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have new flexibility to target and cover supplemental benefits that address health-related social needs, few plans provided these types of benefits in 2019...
This resource used national survey data from physician practices and ACOs, paired with qualitative interviews, to learn about home visiting programs. ACO practices were more likely to report using...
This resource analyzes preventable ED visits and identifies mechanisms for preventing them. To identify opportunities to prevent ED visits, Premier, a health care improvement company, analyzed nearly...
This resource describes a national survey of ACOs about initiatives to address serious illness, as well as follow-up case studies. Only 8–21 percent of ACOs have widely implemented serious illness...
This resource describes an effort to apply a learning health systems approach to reducing ED utilization. A learning health system focuses on improving people’s health at scale through continuous...