Medical transport Can reimbursing for services such as medical transportation, food and housing actually save Medicare money in the long run? (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are considering a pilot program that would pay for items as far removed—in appearance, anyway—from health care, such as housing, food and transportation. These are examples of social determinants of health—elements of living that affect health but technically are not health care.

Such programs are already being utilized elsewhere to provide housing for the homeless, hot meals and other outreach for the home-bound, as well as transportation to and from medical appointments. And they’re seeing a substantial reduction in health care costs by doing so, reports government policy site Roll Call.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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