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They say it will help reduce unnecessary ER visits and ensure better follow-up care. It’s also good P.R., and helps them meet their obligations to provide benefits to the community in exchange for significant tax breaks.
California lawmakers consider a bill to use state money to help homeless Medi-Cal patients pay rent — shifting their focus from sheer survival to wellness. The move could save taxpayers millions, advocates say.
A Seattle program pioneers palliative care that reaches dying patients on streets and in shelters.
Pilot projects are being launched in 18 counties to reduce ER visits among Medi-Cal’s most costly patients.
HHS awarded $156 million to 420 health centers around the country in the first grants ever specifically geared to dental care.
Using run-down motels to care for and temporarily house homeless people recently discharged from the hospital helps stabilize them inexpensively, preventing unnecessary and costly returns to ERs and hospitals.
A pioneering program in southern California provides ongoing care and housing to homeless people who are “super-utilizers” of hospital emergency rooms. The effort is reducing ER visits and saving a lot of money.
Once bound for the hazardous waste incinerator, surplus pharmaceuticals are directed to people who find it hard to pay for prescriptions.
Proponents hail the change in policy but say it doesn’t go far enough because federal dollars cannot be used to buy syringes.