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Why Hospitals Are Getting Into the Housing Business Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 16:18

Markian Hawryluk reports for KHN on 10.4.19:

Legally and morally, hospitals cannot discharge patients if they have no safe place to go. So patients who are homeless, frail or live alone, or have unstable housing, can occupy hospital beds for weeks or months - long after their acute medical problem is resolved...To address the problem, hospitals from Baltimore to St. Louis to Sacramento, Calif., are exploring ways to help patients find a home.

"Hospitals are facing higher costs, lower reimbursements and shrinking profit margins; this is true especially for the safety net hospitals," states Eneida O. Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA, CEO, FIU Health Care Network. Meanwhile, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), passed in 1986, requires every hospital that accepts payment from Medicare to provide adequate treatment to everyone regardless of ability to pay. "It is usually the uninsured and underinsured that delay care and hence arrive in emergency rooms with multiple morbidities that lead to admissions," according to Dr. Roldan. "Prolonged length of stay is usually the case for these patients and today's hospitals have woken to the fact that it is cost efficient and humane to care for these patients outside the hospital walls."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 16:32
 


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