Denver Health and a handful of other hospital operators around the country are getting into the housing business, Kaiser Health News reported. It’s an effort to address the problem of long-term patients: people who no longer have an acute health condition yet remain in the hospital, sometimes for years, because they have nowhere to be discharged to. In addition to costing huge money, this makes hospital resources unavailable for new patients who need them. Denver Health is renovating a former office building where it estimates the cost of housing a patient will be $10,000 a year, as opposed to $2,700 a night in the hospital.


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