ABC News reports that Santa Clara Valley Medical Center began partnering with Skyline Healthcare Center San Jose in 2018, as it struggled to find rooms for a growing number of homeless patients who needed follow-up medical attention after they were discharged. The Skyline Center now allocates 15 beds to Santa Clara Valley for patients who are homeless or have no one to care for them at home. In Santa Clara County, the number of homeless patient discharges from hospitals jumped 42 percent from 2015 to 2017, while in California overall, hospitals discharged homeless patients nearly 100,000 times in 2017, a 28 percent increase over 2015. In January 2019, a new state law requires hospitals to provide homeless patients a meal, clothes and vaccine screenings before discharging them. California hospitals must also try to find these patients a bed at a safe destination, offer them transportation there and document their efforts.
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