NATIONAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS COUNCIL
Project Title: "Medical Respite Care for People Experiencing Homelessness"
Geographic Reach: Minnesota, Oregon, Connecticut, Washington, Arizona
Estimated Funding Amount: $2,673,476
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) is receiving an award to 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.