“CMS announces $165 million in funding to move people from nursing homes to assisted living and other settings,” by Lois A. Bowers,McKnight’s Senior Living
“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make up to $165 million in supplemental funding available to states operating Money Follows the Person demonstration programs to help state Medicaid programs boost efforts to move older adults and people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutional settings to home- and community-based settings, the agency announced Wednesday. … CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the effort is being driven by ‘the tragic devastation wrought by the coronavirus on nursing home residents.’”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Remember when repositioning Medicaid recipients from nursing homes to home care was supposed to save money? It didn’t then and doesn’t now. The best way to avoid the “tragic devastation by the coronavirus on nursing home residents” is not to become one by having the private financial wherewithal to purchase quality care in the most appropriate venue.