NE Journal of Medicine Endorses Supportive Housing

Supportive Housing is Healthcare

NE Journal of MedicineThe New England Journal of Medicine has published Housing as Health Care — New York’s Boundary-Crossing Experiment on New York’s efforts to reform Medicaid through supportive housing.

Citing numerous studies, the piece argues that investments in social service programs, including supportive housing, can decrease the amount a society spends on healthcare. The article offers the latest example of an emerging consensus: that supportive housing is healthcare.

The authors, NYS Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, NYS Office of Health Insurance Programs Deputy Director Elizabeth Misa and Dr. Kelly Doran of New York University, stress that supportive housing achieves multiple goals for New York State.

Supportive housing helps reduce healthcare costs, improves the quality of care for individuals on Medicaid and improves the overall health of these individuals.

On the cost-savings front, the authors lay out a clear argument on the benefits of supportive housing:

“New York Medicaid payments for nursing-facility stays are $217 per day, as compared with costs of $50 to $70 per day for supportive housing. Furthermore, preventing even a few inpatient hospitalizations, at $2,219 per day, could pay for many days of supportive housing […] Studies have shown that the costs of supportive housing are largely offset by resultant savings in services used, mostly from reduced use of the health care system. Some studies of high-risk patients have found that savings exceeded the costs of providing housing, thus yielding a net positive return on investment.”

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Although it works in NY, supportive housing as healthcare even works better in NJ!