No sure what the big deal is here other than again money as folks in HUD are there for that reason, a break on rent.  So we had to dig out Medicare and Medicaid claims data to throw in here too.  So big deal they found out that found out that folksimage in HUD assisted housing had more chronic conditions, so what’s the big news there and what’s to be done?  So the folks in HUD now have a ton of medical claims on file for those who use both Medicare and Medicaid.  So what kind of decisions or actions take place from a study like this?  You tell me? 

Again we are a nation of “stat rats” and here’s one more example but Lewin a subsidiary of United Healthcare made some money doing the study.    United under their own name has also been investing partnering with banks in low income housing projects.

United Invests in Another low income Rental Housing Project–Minnesota–$50 Million

Lewin does quite a few studies for the government and that’s another revenue stream for United that goes to their bottom line.  BD

WASHINGTON – June 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In a ground-breaking cross-agency collaboration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) produced the first-ever dataset of HUD-assisted households that includes Medicare and Medicaid claims data. Despite the potential usefulness of combining administrative data across agencies, such projects are rare and very difficult to bring to fruition. HUD and HHS looked specifically at data on people aged 65 and older. Although the data do not describe individuals, they can be used to study trends.

HUD and HHS today are releasing a report on this exploratory project, Picture of Housing and Health: Medicare and Medicaid Use Among Older Adults in HUD-Assisted Housing. The study was conducted by the Lewin Group for HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

“More than 1.6 million low-income senior citizens live in subsidized housing,” said Katherine M. O’Regan, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. “By combining two important data sources, we can improve our response to their needs and potentially reduce public costs in the process.”


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