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Entering a nursing home--costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly

United States. General Accounting Office

Entering a nursing home--costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly

report to the Congress

by United States. General Accounting Office

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Published by U.S. General Accounting Office in [Washington, D.C.] .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States,
  • United States.
    • Subjects:
    • Nursing homes -- United States -- Admission.,
    • Older people -- Long-term care -- United States.,
    • Community health services for older people -- United States.,
    • Medicaid.

    • Edition Notes

      Statementby the Comptroller General of the United States.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsRA997 .U525 1979
      The Physical Object
      Paginationviii, 181 p. :
      Number of Pages181
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL4066280M
      LC Control Number79604244

      Because nursing home care costs at least $70, yearly, residents can quickly use up all their assets and then, ironically, become eligible for payments from Medicaid, the federal insurance program for people with low incomes. If one problem of nursing homes is their expense, another problem is the quality of care they provide. To participate in Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes must comply with the federal requirements for long term care facilities. Under federal nursing home regulations, nursing homes must: Have sufficient nursing staff. (42 CFR §) Conduct initially a comprehensive and accurate assessment of each resident’s functional capacity. (42 CFR.

      If you do, could be a “transfer penalty” for gifting. Transfer Penalty based on each state’s NH daily reimbursement rate. For Texas $ ( rate). So a gifting or transfer of a Blue Book value car of 10K = 70 days penalty in which you have to private pay NH although they are accepted in Medicaid if in TX. As LawPulse previously reported (see the November IBJ), in August the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services published proposed regulations that would implement the federal Deficit Reduction Act of , PL (DRA ), which affects applications for Medicaid from elderly citizens entering nursing homes.

      You may also want to report the nursing home to the Medicare/Medicaid anti-fraud hotline, at 8. Applying for Medicaid. If it seems that your mother’s insurance, income and savings will not be enough to pay for her nursing home care, she can apply for Medicaid from the Illinois Department of Human Services. The balance between investigation and social services may also be influenced by other factors, such as federal statutes (e.g., requiring investigation and placement on a registry for nursing assistants and the ombudsman program, which responds to complaints of abuse in nursing homes) or Medicaid rules on abuse (which must be followed in order.


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Entering a nursing home--costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly by United States. General Accounting Office Download PDF EPUB FB2

Get this from a library. Entering a nursing home--costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly: report to the Congress. [United States. General Accounting Office.]. Medicaid is the chief support for the long-term care of the chronically impaired elderly in nursing homes.

In fiscal year it financed, at a cost of $ billion, 46 percent of the total national nursing home bill. A widely recognized problem with Medicaid's extensive support is that many elderly persons neither need nor prefer nursing home issues contribute to the nursing.

The use of nursing home care, when community-based care would have been preferred or appropriate, has serious implications. Premature or avoidable institutionalization results in high human costs for individuals who must give up their independence and accustomed way of life when they enter a nursing home.

It also represents ineffective use of Medicaid funds. Nursing home expenditures are a particular public policy concern because public programs paid for 55 percent of the total health care expenditures in (Gibson, Waldo, and Levit, ).

InMedicaid paid for percent, Medicare for percent, and other public programs for percent of the total nursing home by: Entering a nursing home--costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly: report to the Congress / By United States.

General Accounting Office. Abstract "B(3).""PAD"Cover of access: Internet Topics: Medicaid, Nursing homes. Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide a wide range of health and personal care services.

Their services focus on medical care more than most assisted living facilities. These services typically include nursing care, hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. Among elderly nursing home patients, urinary incontinence is a prevalent and costly condition.

In seven nursing homes studied, (50%) of the elderly patients were incontinent of urine. Most had been incontinent at admission (64%), had more than one incontinent episode per day or a catheter (72%), and had concomitant fecal incontinence (64%).

Paper presented at the White House Conference on Aging, Washington, DC, Ouslander JG, Kane RL: Technologies for managing urinary incontinence.

Case study Washington, DC: Office of Technology Assessment, United States Comptroller General: Entering a nursing home: Costly implications for Medicaid and the elderly. Financing Nursing Home Costs. If you are considering gifting to children before nursing home costs, then you will need to have a plan that ensures that you have the necessary funds to pay for nursing home care.

Use Retirement Funds. Paying for nursing. Entering a Nursing Home: Costly Implications for Medicaid and the Elderly. Washington: Nov. Comptroller General's Report to Congress.

PAD U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. and National Long-Term Care Surveys. Public use data files and documentation. National Technical Information Service; Springfield, Va.: But Medicaid reforms that “crack down” on family responsibility and asset transfers avoid the underlying problem of the catastrophic costs of long-term care.

Alternative financing mechanisms are needed, and the most promising of those proposed is long-term care insurance—a mechanism which allows the elderly to pool their risk and funds.

According to Genworth's Cost of Care Survey, on average in the United States, a private room in a nursing home costs $8, per month, or $ a a semi-private room, the average cost of a nursing home is $7, per month, or $ a day.

Multiple factors affect the overall cost of a nursing home stay. married nursing home residents died sooner after admission than unmarried participants (an average of 4 months sooner) nursing home residents in the highest quartile of net worth died six months sooner than those in the lowest quartile.

I had a chance to talk with the lead author, Anne Kelly, about the implications of these findings. My mother recently was granted Medicaid Long Term Care in Connecticut due to Diabetes and vascular dementia due to diabetic shock that left her without oxygen for 45 minutes.

She is on full SSI Disability which is what pays for the Nursing home less her monthly personal amount of $ The only asset she has is a Ford Escape. General Accounting Office, Medicaid and Nursing Home Care: Cost Increases and the Need for Services are Creating Problems for the States and the Elderly, Report to the Chairman of the Subcommittee.

However, the total number of elderly persons living in nursing homes has increased in a manner consistent with the increase in the elderly population. Nursing home use increases with advancing age. Whereas 1 percent of those 65 to 74 years lived in a nursing home innearly 1 in 4 aged 85 or older did (Schneider and Guralnik, ; Bureau.

To start, the person signing on behalf of the nursing home resident should not be personally liable for the charges unless she signs as guarantor. Nursing homes are prohibited from requiring third parties to guarantee payment of nursing home bills, but many try to get family members to voluntarily agree to pay the bills.

U.S. General Accounting Office. Entering A Nursing Home-Costly Implications for Medicaid and the Elderly. U.S. Comptroller General of the United States, General Accounting Office, Washington, DC, Google Scholar. These and other decisions can affect the parents' eligibility for Medicaid if it becomes necessary for the parents to enter a nursing home at some point.

To avoid fostering resentment and guilt among family members, you should try to work out as. ‘General Accounting Office, Entering a Nursing Home-Costly Implications for Medicaid and the Elderly, PAD, Novem * Satya Kochhar, “Blind and Disabled Persons Awarded Federally Administered SSI Payments, ,” Social Security Bulletin, June.

Downloadable! Medicaid covers the costs of a long nursing home stay. This coverage may create an incentive for the elderly to transfer their assets to their children in order to qualify for Medicaid before entering a nursing home.

Previous researchers had found little evidence that such behavior was widespread or that asset transfers were large.Unfortunately, most RNs have little or no preparation in gerontological nursing as part of their education.

A recent survey disclosed that fewer than 25% of baccalaureate nursing programs include a course in gerontological nursing (Rosenfeld, Bottrell, Fulmer, & Mezey, ).The shortage of nurses who specialize in care of older adults is even more acute in advanced practice nursing.Thus, if mom only lives for one year after being in the nursing home, and the Medicaid "bill" for her stay in the nursing home for that one year is, say, $50, then the family has a choice: keep the house and come up with the $50, themselves, or sell the house, pay the state the $50, and then divide up the balance of the sale proceeds.