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Helping the Homeless May Reduce Health Care Costs

A new study has found that providing housing to homeless people may reduce health care costs. The study, undertaken in Oregon between 2010 and 2014, found that providing housing to homeless people reduced their health care costs, mostly by reducing trips to the emergency room and inpatient hospitalization, while improving their access to care and outcomes. Go here for a link to “Formerly Homeless People Had Lower Overall Health Care Expenditures After Moving Into Supportive Housing,” which appears in the latest edition of Health Affairs

CMS Demonstration to Tie Medical, Service Needs

A new federal demonstration program will attempt to help low-income Medicare and Medicaid recipients gain access to services that ultimately will improve their health. The Accountable Health Communities project, developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a $157 million demonstration program that … aims to identify and address beneficiaries’ health-related social needs in at least the following core areas: Housing instability and quality, Food insecurity, Utility needs, Interpersonal violence, and Transportation needs beyond medical transportation. The federal government intends to provide grants of up to $4.5 [&hellip

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