Partners CEO, June Simmons, and Sandy Atkins, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, have contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging, 2nd edition, the first social work reference book to combine the fields of health care and aging. The chapter was also co-authored by Janice Lynch Schuster, who specializes in aging and end of life issues, and is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post.
Their co-authored chapter, “Health Maintenance Organizations, Managed Care, and the Affordable Care Act” considers the question, ‘How can we better care for the most vulnerable among us in ways that do not bankrupt our society or ignore their plight?’ Their focus is on the critical role that social work can play in avoiding the complications that can result from the social determinants of health, thus reducing the cost of avoidable care in intensive, inpatient settings, and improving lives through helping people better manage their chronic diseases.
The handbook, which publishes this month and is available in hardcover and as an e-book, addresses the evolving interdisciplinary health care context and the broader social work practice environment, as well as advances in the knowledge base which guides social work delivery in health and aging.
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