Healthcare News & Insights

Investing in housing, other social elements of health can decrease ED visits

Emergency department (ED) visits are often expensive and time-consuming for patients and hospitals alike, especially when those visits aren’t necessary. Often, those unnecessary visits come from patients who can’t afford regular medical care, including low-income or homeless people who may have unstable housing and other quality-of-life issues. 

Unique approach to cut healthcare costs: Hospital pays for patient housing

Some hospitals are thinking outside the box to control healthcare costs in the emergency department, particularly for disadvantaged patients who count as “superutilizers” – patients who make multiple visits to the hospital each month for minor issues. One facility’s solution aims to improve patients’ health by improving their socioeconomic standing.