CHA News Article

New Data Show Trends in Hospital Admissions Among Homeless Individuals

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has released a statistical brief on the role of mental and substance use disorders in hospital admissions from emergency department visits by homeless individuals. The data show that among emergency room visits in 2014 that resulted in hospital admission for homeless individuals, the three most common conditions were psychotic, mood and alcohol-related disorders. In addition, more than three-fourths of all emergency department visits by homeless individuals were to teaching hospitals, and in non-teaching hospitals, 40 percent of visits by homeless individuals were uninsured.

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