Street medicine, no longer uncompensated, goes for more

, a reporter based in Sacramento who covers health care and health policy across California and the West. Send your best Gavin Newsom tips toStreet medicine, the practice of caring for homeless people outdoors,

mental illnesses and chronic diseases. At the same time, they’re notoriously difficult patients. Street medicine started gaining traction about 25 years ago, and today there are more thanAdvocates for the homeless and the people who care for them say their medical needs have long been overlooked by the conventional health-care system and the institutions that pay for care, including the government.

one of the first street medicine programs in the country. “This is a population that has more severe and persistent mental illness than any other group we know in America.”O’Connell believes the new billing change could dramatically expand street medicine and integrate it into the current system of care — broadening the definition ofSome homeless people are already enrolled in Medicaid — usually in states that expanded the program under Obamacare.

,” Jayaram wrote. It “may pick a side and viewpoint, but in doing so, it may not trespass upon the natural inalienable rights of the people.”The Post’s David Ovalle sends us this dispatch: that aims to dissuade health-care providers from intentionally blocking access to electronic health information by establishing disincentives for those caught in the act.‘People just can’t pay their bills’: Oklahoma’s wild marijuana market is about to shrivel (By Paul Demko | Politico)

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