Council Awarded $2.6 Million Grant for Medical Respite Study

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The National HCH Council is one of 39 Health Care Innovation Award recipients announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $2.6 million award is administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and will be used to demonstrate improved health outcomes and reduced spending when homeless patients have access to medical respite care following a hospital stay. The three-year project will test a model that will provide medical respite care for homeless Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries, following discharge from a hospital with the goal of improving health, reduce readmissions, and reduce costs.

Medical respite care is defined as acute and post-acute medical care for homeless persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets but are not ill enough to stay in a hospital;these programs can provide a cost-effective discharge alternative for hospitals and provide patients with a place to receive ongoing post hospital care while working on their health and housing goals. The service model will incorporate evidence based practices including transitional care, patient centered self-management goal setting, and case management to address socio-economic and other factors affecting health outcomes and access to timely and appropriate care.

Congratulations to grant author and project director Sabrina Edgington!