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Hastings Cent Rep. 2017 Jan;47(1):6-7. doi: 10.1002/hast.674.

Permanent Patients: Hospital Discharge Planning Meets Housing Insecurity.

Abstract

Not all hospital inpatients need the level of care (including staffing, testing, monitoring, and treatment) uniquely available in the acute-care setting. In the United States, these longer-term, nonacute inpatients tend to be some combination of chronically ill, poor, homeless, undocumented, uninsured, and disabled-all groups who have struggled for health equity, political recognition, and voice. Even so, these "permanent patients" continue to receive care in one of the most expensive settings. This phenomenon is the result of federal legislation that creates an affirmative duty to care for all able to access our emergency departments without also making safe housing available to all. A handful of federal laws and policies as well as a potpourri of state laws and policies are involved.

PMID:
28074577
DOI:
10.1002/hast.674
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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