New York is planning on significant Medicaid reimbursement cuts to the nursing home sector in the state. An estimated $250 million is proposed to be cut from the Medicaid assistance that the state’s Department of Health offers nursing homes. Critics claim this is going to cause a potential mass exodus of nurses and other staff, thus leaving vulnerable patients without adequate care.
The state spends nearly one-third of its entire budget on Medicaid expenses, which equals more than $60 billion.
According to the Long Island Press, in its blog, Nursing Home Care Will Decline Under NY’s Looming Medicaid Cuts, Critics Warn, written by Jessica Militello:
“The cuts, which are expected to go into effect on Nov. 6 — and include retroactive cuts through July 1 — will affect more than 600 nursing homes in the state. The cash crunch comes as The Empire State, which spends a third of its budget on Medicaid — more than $60 billion annually, second only to California — tries to stem Medicaid spending overruns. The nursing home funding issue hinges on the state recently changing how it calculates what’s known as the case-mix index (CMI) to reimburse such facilities.”
It is unclear how much of an impact $250 million in cuts to the nursing home sector will have on the overall budget, but it also highlights an important factor: more people may turn to home care as an option.
This can provide an opportunity for home care agencies and providers throughout the state to step up and offer these in-home health care services to those who might otherwise have turned to nursing homes.
The Department of Health does not anticipate these cuts impacting care for those who need it, but as the costs of long-term care continue to increase, home care remains a viable option.
The article went on to also note:
““The department does not expect this change to result in any disruption to nursing home residents and the care they receive,” the agency said in a statement.
But critics say a state health department taskforce erred when it recommended the change and the department needs to restore the cuts.”
As states like New York continue to struggle to bring in more revenue and curb spending, it is often the most vulnerable who take the biggest hits. Home care agencies have an chance to step up and let the residents of New York know there are other alternatives that allow them to stay home, where they are most comfortable.
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