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Hospitals have discovered that it's not only better for patients' health if they have somewhere to live, but it's also often cheaper for the hospital to provide housing than a long inpatient stay, USA Today reports with Kaiser Health News.
The big picture: Hospitals across the country are looking at ways to address homelessness, including building their own housing units.
Details: Hospitals legally can't discharge patients if they have no safe place to go, which leads to patients staying in the hospital long after they've stopped needing care.
The bottom line: Investing in social determinants of health — like housing, nutrition and transportation — will undoubtedly save society money. It's more likely to happen if it also is profitable for the health care industry.
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a 1986 law designed to ban "crack houses" does not apply to a Philadelphia nonprofit's proposal to open the nation's first supervised injection site, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
Why it matters: The decision addresses a legal debate occurring in several U.S. cities that have approved or considered approving facilities for people with drug addictions to inject themselves in a supervised environment.
The big picture: At least a dozen cities have proposed supervised injection sites as a way to counteract the rise in drug overdose deaths.
Last month, the Federal Trade Commission warned 7 law firms and marketing companies that their TV ads alleging harm, and offering possible monetary relief, from certain prescription drugs "may be deceptive or unfair" and may prompt people to stop taking their medications, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
Driving the news: Documents obtained by Axios under the Freedom of Information Act show the FTC was particularly concerned about personal injury ads against the diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokamet.
Between the lines: The FTC is worried these types of ads — such as this from Ketterer Browne & Anderson and this from Amicus — are confusing people into thinking the medications have been recalled or that the federal government has issued formal "medical alerts" even though that's not the case.
The other side: Axios reached out to all 7 law firms and marketers. Travis Marble of Lucy Business Services said he had no comment since it is a pending matter. The others did not immediately provide an interview or comments.
The bottom line: Be wary of personal injury TV ads.
Go deeper: Read the FTC's letters.
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Walmart is expanding its unique employer health benefit, Axios’ Sam Baker reports.
Why it matters: Walmart is the largest private-sector employer in the country, and it has taken a remarkably hands-on approach to seeking out quality in its health coverage — even when that comes at a considerable cost.
Where it stands: Walmart contracts directly with a small group of high-quality systems — including Geisinger and the Mayo Clinic — and pays employees’ travel costs, in addition to their medical costs, if they'll get certain procedures at those preferred facilities.
What's new: Walmart is adding more providers to that small network, and is also testing out a sort of health care concierge for its workers.
Sam's thought bubble: Walmart's effort to seek out and favor high-quality providers, even when it comes at a near-term cost, is a stark contrast to the penny-pinching and cost-shifting that define so much of the employer market.
UPS is the first company in the nation to receive FAA approval to operate a commercial drone fleet, and said it will start by setting up a fleet of unmanned aircraft to deliver health supplies within medical campuses, Axios' Joann Muller reports.
What we're watching: Within months, UPS CEO David Abney said UPS could be using drones in 100 or more hospital complexes.
Flashback: A North Carolina hospital has been using drones to deliver blood across its campus.