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Hospitals across US investing in real estate to help with homelessness, mental health

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Some hospitals are getting into real estate. The reason? Cut skyrocketing healthcare costs and improve patients’ prognoses.

Peg Burnette, Chief Financial Officer at Denver Health, says they have about 30 patients a month who do not have somewhere to go after treatment at the Level 1 trauma center. Reasons range from homelessness, to dementia, mental health and other problems. Having a safe discharge is required. Generally, hospitals cannot simply push patients out the door because of ethics, malpractice and Medicare rules.

Insurance will not pay after a patient’s immediate needs have been treated.  Burnette says, “We could be receiving revenue from a patient who needs hospitalization, but instead. we’re covering the cost of that patient occupying a bed.” That means fewer available beds to the community when someone cannot be discharged.

Denver Health has partnered with Denver Housing Authority to renovate and reopen a dormant building on the hospital campus. When complete, it will be low income senior housing, but a floor will be leased back to the hospital.  Fifteen units will be dedicated to people occupying beds at Denver Health. After their hospital stay, they will be temporarily placed on the floor, while permanent housing is coordinated.

Each stay runs an average of $2,700 a day at Denver Health. As a safety net hospital, it has a mission to take care of all patients, regardless of ability to pay. The hospital has crunched the numbers. Providing transitional housing will save quite a bit, considering patients in limbo have overstayed anywhere from a dozen to more than a 1,500 extra days. Temporary housing will cost $10,000 a year, per resident.

PEOPLE WHO INTERFERE WITH HOMELESS MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT ARE ‘MURDERERS’, SAYS DR. DREW PINSKY

Denver Health Hospitalist Physician Dr. Sarah A. Stella said the first step is to identify those in unstable situations. Information given at admission can be inaccurate and the signs are not always obvious, Dr. Stella said. “They know you can’t fix it, but they appreciate being asked. And asking about that leads us to take better care of people.”

Recovery continues after the hospital stay. Dr. Stella said it can be much more difficult to heal or manage chronic conditions if patients are worried about their next meal or sleeping on the street.

“When I see patients who are controlling their diabetes or doing a pretty good job of it, despite their homelessness, I want to give them a big hug. I want to give them a medal, because that is really an impossibility.”

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) has also put money into the housing problem. Its Better Health Through Housing partnership with the Center for Housing and Health started with $250,000. It works to move patients from emergency rooms into housing with “intensive case management.” The pilot started with 26 patients and by next year, it expects to house 75 patients.

Dr. Stephen Brown, Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, echoed the same concern as Dr. Stella in Denver.

“Homelessness tends to be invisible in health care,” he said.

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Brown noted that hospitals operate on thin margins and do not go looking for problems, but “if you begin to document it, you will find it. And if you find that, you have to do something about it.”

The hospital went through its records dating back to the late 1990s and found evidence of 10,000 patients believed to be homeless.

According to research cited in a report by the American Hospital Association (AHA), health inequities are projected to cost the health care system $126 billion by 2020. AHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Bhatt says on average, those with unstable housing have a life expectancy 27 years less than those with stable housing.  AHA’s Hospital Community Cooperative Program is working in 10 markets across the country to address social needs.

Bhatt adds, investing in housing solutions could help cut down on burnout among providers because care teams can see patient success.

As for the future of programs like the one in Chicago, Brown said he envisions coordinated care across the criminal justice system, first responders, city agencies and more.

“We’re just a hospital and we’re a player in this. But it really requires a cross-sector approach to solving this really kind of wicked problem in society.”

In the end, these initiatives can save money for all patients and taxpayers.

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“When we have patients who we don’t have funds to cover, we have to receive more money from insurance and there’s been a lot of talk about the cost shift,” Burnette said. “As consumers, we want to pay lower premiums and I think this is a good way to start to get at that issue.”

Fox News Channel Field Producer Ruth Ravve contributed to this report.

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2020 candidates pushing pot legalization on campaign trail

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The record number of 2020 Democratic contenders for U.S. president may be divided on a host of issues, but on marijuana legalization, most find themselves on the same page.

But how they parse it, and how far they’re willing to go, varies somewhat.

“I think what we’re seeing in 2020 is that this is becoming a litmus test in the Democratic primaries as all of these different candidates are competing to be perceived as the most progressive candidate. This question is going to be one of those tests that the progressive activists use to decide who is truly most progressive,” said Emily Ekins, research fellow and director of polling at The Cato Institute.

A Quinnipiac University poll last month found 60 percent of registered voters think marijuana should be legal in the United States. And, a few percentage points more from the same poll, 63 percent, are in favor of erasing criminal records for marijuana possession.

Campaigning in New Hampshire this past weekend, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said: “it’s such a mess,” the country has created a “weird patchwork.” He pointed out a lot of people are in prison for non-violent offenses and “everything about the way this has been handled is wrong…. states are leading the way but the federal government needs to do the same.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has spearheaded the Marijuana Justice Act, which would legalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill would take marijuana off the list of controlled substances and expunge criminal records of those who have served federal time for use and possession.

“How can we elect presidents who used marijuana, but not let people vote for president for the rest of their lives, because of such a charge?” Booker said during the rollout. The legislation is co-sponsored in part by fellow candidates Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

CORY BOOKER, OTHER 2020 DEM PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS INTRODUCE FEDERAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION BILL

Candidate and former Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, oversaw the grand experiment when his state became the first to legalize recreational marijuana. He opposed the amendment, before voters passed it.

Shortly after jumping into the presidential race, he told reporters: “We should make sure that the federal laws are changed so that those states that have chosen to legalize marijuana can do so in an efficient and safe manner.”

He also wants to see legal banking for the industry, pointing out, “…if you want a recipe for how you get corruption and create a generation of gangsters, make sure that a new industry is all cash.”

Sanders has been talking pro-weed on the stump for years. Earlier this month in Pittsburgh, he marveled how far the country has come.

“Oh Bernie, you can’t do that. Oh my god, the world will fall apart, if you legalize marijuana,” he said he was told at first. “Well in case you haven’t noticed, a lot of states are now doing, just that.”

“I think what happened is Americans kind of wanted to see what would happen if we legalized this drug and when things seemed to go OK, people became more comfortable with it and people also started to believe that marijuana was not especially harmful to people’s health,” Ekins said.

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke makes it a regular talking point on the trail. He lines up with others on ending the prohibition and expunging records. Adding, at a recent rally in Houston: “Let’s end cash bail. Let’s end for-profit prisons. And let us, once and for all, end the war on drugs.”

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President Trump has been more vocal regarding the flow of illegal drugs coming over the border. White House spokesperson Sara Sanders has said the president believes in enforcing federal law. As a candidate, he stated it should be up to the states.

“I think this is going to be an issue for the Democrats and they’re going to hope to try to use this against Trump in the general. But I don’t think it’s going to work very well, because Trump has come out and said that he supports letting states decide if they want to legalize marijuana at the state level,” Ekins said.

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She notes, “There are very few issues where Americans have so dramatically changed their attitudes. Same sex marriage is one of them, marijuana legalization is the other.”

Here is a look at other campaigns, which responded to Fox News requests for a position on recreational marijuana:

John Delaney, former U.S. Representative from Maryland

Has said he supports the federal government getting out of the way of states that want to legalize or decriminalize marijuana.

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur

Supports: full legalization of marijuana at the federal level and removing it from the controlled substances list; expunging the federal convictions of all marijuana-related use or possession offenses; identifying non-violent drug offenders for probation and potential early release.

Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative from Hawaii

Her campaign team pointed to this link for a summary. The campaign’s policy director says Gabbard has been fighting to decriminalize marijuana and she is on the House Cannabis Caucus and has been endorsed by NORML.

Jay Inslee, governor of Washington

The campaign said he successfully implemented the legalization of marijuana as governor and is now offering pardons to those with marijuana offense on their record.

Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota

“I support the legalization of marijuana and believe that states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders,” the campaign said in a statement.

Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative from California

The campaign says the former prosecutor has consistently has co-sponsored bills to end the federal prohibition on marijuana.  He also has co-sponsored bills to provide for taxation of marijuana.

Seth Moulton, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts

According to his campaign, he has said in the past people will smoke marijuana regardless, we should find ways to regulate it and make it safe. In an interview Monday, he said, criminal justice reform is needed and he has been an advocate for legalizing marijuana.

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