Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget includes a $161 M cut to nursing care through the medical assistance program, but nursing advocates say these funds are absolutely needed as the senior city population in PA is rising steadily, reports the PA Independent.
“U.S.News & World Report ranked Hollidaysburg’s Garvey Manor and the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, and Martinsburg’s Homewood at Martinsburg and The Village at Morrisons Cove as some of the best nursing homes in the state, according to findings from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
The budget proposal calls for a 4% cut in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes. The total revenue loss for nursing homes is projected by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association to be $46.5 million.
Administration officials and Republican negotiators say the money can be taken from health care providers like hospitals and nursing homes without directly imposing new costs on needy beneficiaries or radically restructuring either program, reports The New York Times.
With the cost of healthcare, younger people are being sent home from the hospital and into nursing homes for less costly rehabilitation. However, the varying age differences has created a great need for adjustments in staff and residents alike.
Many counties throughout PA are struggle with deciding whether or not to stay in the nursing home and long term care business.
A jury recently awarded a woman $677 million in damages, a judgment against the nursing home that cared for her father.
The John J. Kane Regional Centers are now offering assisted living apartments, in addition to their nursing home facilities.
In early October, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adjusted its Medicare rates, cutting approximately $12 billion nationwide over the next ten years.
Sometimes, care given actually worsens their pain and discomfort.