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News Items – October 1, 2013

Obamacare Incentives Slow Hospitals’ Revolving Door
Bloomberg.com
At Mount Sinai, administrators begin each morning by making a list of those patients most likely to hurt the hospital’s bottom line. Using a multimillion-dollar computer system and complex algorithms, they score how likely each patient in the hospital is to be readmitted based on a rage of factors, such as medical history and recent admissions. Those scores go to a group of social workers who make contact with the patients determined to be most at risk. A social worker then spends 75 minutes meeting with each patient, trying to tease out issues that may result in a round-trip back to the hospital.

Houstonians fight human trafficking
The Daily Cougar
Mayor Annise Parker launched an event Tuesday to “Shine a Light on Human Trafficking.” Houstonians, including some of UH’s own Graduate College of Social Work students, gathered at City Hall to join in this effort. “We’re here to represent the UH GCSW, the Students for Advancement of International Social Work, (and) Macro Student Network,” said Jenna Cooper, a graduate social work student.

Study Challenges Perception that Immigrants’ Children Pose Obstacle to Economy
Rutgers Today
Contrary to public perception, the number of children in immigrant families is not the primary reason more children are living in poverty, a Rutgers study has found, raising the question of whether federal policies affecting immigrants should be significantly altered. Other determinants, including local labor market conditions, parental education and family structure appear to have a greater impact on child poverty levels, according to Myungkook Joo, assistant professor in Rutgers School of Social Work, who authored the study.

Research Day at SU focuses on social work
delmarvanow.com
Whenever Jim Forte gets stumped in the social work field, he asks himself one question: “I often ask WWJD — what would Jane Addams do?” said the Salisbury University professor, whose sees Addams, a pioneer social worker, as his role model. “She would call for us to translate and transform knowledge for practical use.”

Getting Ahead: Little Silver psychotherapist Nancy Sell Byron uses horses to help her clients
Asbury Park Press
I always had been afraid of horses. This was my first thought as I sat down to write about Horses Helping Us, my psychotherapy business where horses are the facilitators.

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