Tagged with Medicaid

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Companies and cities/states regularly jockey for federal Medicaid money. They will often twist themselves into pretzels to grab as much “free” money as possible. The Medicaid formula, where the federal government matches or exceeds the monetary amount allocated by the state, encourages musical chairs. That is, state and city governments work hard to acquire Medicaid … Continue reading

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

The Canadian province of Alberta has spent an average of $87,000 per unit on assisted living construction since 2007-08. This is much more than any American state or city spends on new units. Alberta’s two biggest cities, Calgary and Edmonton each account for 1/3 of Alberta’s 3.6 million residents.  The cities must compete for funding … Continue reading

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Publicly owned nursing have a big problem. But first the good news…they do better on average than their privately owned counterparts. A recent study showed that publicly owned and non-profit nursing homes had less citations and serious deficiencies than the ten largest for-profit nursing home companies. However, at what cost? Literally? This story from the … Continue reading

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Managing a nursing home is tough. Managing a nursing home while turning a profit is even tougher. So, when a nursing home does close, it’s hardly a surprise. Nursing homes must adhere to strict state laws that dictate staffing levels. Most nursing homes accept Medicaid which has been reducing payments to nursing homes since 2011. … Continue reading

Assisted Living Mandates Differ Between States

Assisted Living Mandates Differ Between States

Assisted Living varies in definition and scope between states. Skilled nursing homes have long complained about the strict laws and  regulations with which they’re governed by and have pointed to assisted living centers as being unfairly free of the same burdens. Less compliance and regulation certainly keeps costs down but the two types of housing … Continue reading