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Medical respite offers refuge for homeless people recovering from illness

Medical respite programs, such as Christ House in Washington, D.C., offer vital support to homeless individuals in need of medical care and recovery. The growth of medical respite programs across the United States reflects increased recognition of the health needs of the homeless population and efforts to address avoidable healthcare utilization. Managed care organizations, seeking to reduce costly hospital visits among Medicaid beneficiaries, have contributed to the expansion of medical respite programs. Challenges persist in securing Medicaid coverage for medical respite services due to federal regulations prohibiting payment for "room and board." While medical respite programs are valuable, addressing homelessness and affordable housing remains essential for long-term solutions. Click here for article.

  • Medical respite programs provide critical care and support for homeless individuals recovering from illness or surgery.

  • Growth in these programs reflects heightened awareness of the healthcare needs of the homeless population.

  • Managed care organizations are supporting medical respite initiatives to reduce costly hospital visits among Medicaid recipients.

  • Challenges in securing Medicaid coverage stem from federal regulations barring payment for "room and board" services.

  • Long-term solutions to homelessness require addressing root causes and providing affordable housing options.

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