March is also National Social Work month. We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities. Among the many things social workers do are:
CMS has published a summary of their Person and Family Engagement Strategy to serve as a guide for the implementation of principles and strategies throughout CMS programs. Its goals and objectives are:
Actively encourage person and family engagement along the continuum of care within the broader context of health and well-being in the communities in which people live.
Promote tools and strategies that reflect person and/or family values and preferences and enable them to actively engage in directing and self-managing their care.
Create an environment where persons and their families work in partnership with their health care providers to develop their health and wellness goals informed by sound evidence and aligned with their values and preferences.
Develop meaningful measures and tools aimed at improving the experience and outcomes of care for persons, caregivers, and families. Also, identify person and family engagement best practices and techniques in the field that are ready for widespread scaling and national integration.