“Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators,” by Lois A. Bowers, McKnight’s Senior Living
“States should make certain that Medicaid payments to assisted living community operators are high enough to encourage them to serve Medicaid beneficiaries and to increase beneficiaries’ access to home- and community-based services, according to the authors of a newly published study.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Medicaid ruined custodial nursing home care by creating a huge industry with generous payments and then cutting reimbursements below costs. Assisted living evolved as a less expensive private-pay alternative. Now Medicaid threatens assisted living in the same way, tempting providers who want to fill empty beds, but ratcheting reimbursement down. See “The Sirens’ Call, The Primrose Path, and Assisted Living,” Assisted Living, April 2004.
Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators