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Can CHWs reduce hospital re-admissions?

Interesting article about current research looking at if CHWs can reduce hospital readmisions. From the article:

"The study’s goals include assessing the 30-day readmission risk during client intake; addressing psychosocial and health determinants of high-risk patients before and after discharge through assistance from a community health worker; and monitoring the impact of the community health worker intervention based on measures such as compliance with discharge orders, follow-up appointments and readmission rates."

Studies like this have implications for reimbursement of CHW services and the financial sustainability of both community-based and clinical CHW programs. Has anyone else heard of similar studies that are in the works?



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