Analysis of Healthcare Utilization Post-Housing

NJHMFA’s Program Encourages Hospitals to Invest Healthcare Savings in Affordable Housing

A new analysis published by CSH titled, Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes State of the Literature, outlines the scope of twenty-five studies published between 2002 and 2017 that make connections between housing and the health needs of vulnerable populations.

This report was created with the intent of informing supportive housing and healthcare providers with the overarching details and findings across the studies which report on housing as healthcare.

The researchers found that the most frequently utilized metrics included Emergency Room (ER) visits and inpatient stays, with hospital bed days, outpatient stays, and ambulance trips referenced less often in the studies. The impact of these measures was that after one year in supportive housing, reductions were found for ER visits, inpatient stays, hospital bed days and ambulance trips.

Analysis of Healthcare Utilization Post-Housing
Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes State of the Literature

With regard to cost benefits, CSH notes that based on the studies reviewed, there is both cost avoidance and cost savings with reduction in service usage with supportive housing tenants.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency recently announced a $12 million innovation partnership program with hospitals. Through this initiative, hospitals are invited to match the investment in affordable housing in the communities they serve.

  • The partnership targets low-income individuals, who may not be able to pay bills or take care of their health and homeless patients.
  • Homeless patients are often “familiar faces” in hospital emergency departments, cycling in and out of the hospital system.
  • Both groups become a burden on hospitals for the low or unreimbursed cost of providing care.
  • The HMFA announcement marks a new way for the state to be involved in helping to cut health care costs.
  • HMFA plans to fund three or four projects throughout the state. Each project would be provided funding of up to $4 million, which will also include funding through the federal 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
  • Each project will include 60 to 70 housing units.
  • Ten of these units would be set aside for low-income families.

Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes

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