Navigation Links
Pennsylvania DPW Secretary Corrects the Record on State Funding For Nursing Homes
Date:6/3/2008

Pennsylvania Nursing Homes among Nation's Best-Reimbursed

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman today corrected claims by Pennsylvania nursing home advocates by saying nursing homes in Pennsylvania enjoy some of the most generous reimbursement rates in the nation.

"Year after year, for as long as anyone can remember, Pennsylvania nursing homes have received a higher level of funding that far outweighs other organizations providing care to the same population," said Richman.

"In fact, Pennsylvania spends more on nursing homes than California, with a population three times the size of Pennsylvania; we spend more than Texas, with a population twice our size; and we spend more than Florida, which has the highest percentage of seniors in the nation with nearly 1 million more elderly residents than Pennsylvania."

While the nursing home industry complains that it is struggling, Pennsylvania taxpayers already gives it more than $3 billion per year and it enjoys some of the highest daily reimbursement rates in the nation, $31 higher than the national average.

It is estimated that 60 percent of people will likely need long term living services at some point during their lifetime. Pennsylvanians of all ages and needs have overwhelmingly stated that they prefer to receive care in their own home or community. While nursing homes have enjoyed years of openhanded funding, the focus has now changed to provide the in-home long-term living services and supports that Pennsylvania consumers prefer.

In addition to giving consumers what they want, the greater focus on home -- and community-based care saves taxpayers money.

One year of institutional care in a nursing home costs $67,000, of which $52,000 is borne by taxpayers, while the average cost of providing home- and community-based services through an in-home program, such as the Aging Waiver, is $21,000.

"Across the board, we are in the midst of a fundamental shift in the type of care that we provide to older adults and people with disabilities," said Richman. "By focusing on providing care to people in their homes, we are not only saving money that can be reinvested back into more supportive services, we are listening to the people of Pennsylvania and providing them with the care options that they want for themselves and their loved ones."

CONTACT: Anne C. Bale

(717) 787-4592


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces Multi-State Settlement With Express Scripts Inc.
2. Pennsylvania Department of Health Confirms Rabid Kitten Found in Adams County
3. Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces a Multi-state, $58 Million Settlement With Merck Over Deceptive Advertising Concerning the Safety of Vioxx
4. UPMC for Life is Pennsylvania Sponsor for National Senior Health & Fitness Day
5. Suicide Prevention Group Delivers Much-Needed Message to Pennsylvanias Elderly
6. Statement from NARAL Pro-Choice Pennsylvania on NARAL Pro-Choice Americas Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President
7. Duska Therapeutics Sponsored University of Pennsylvania Study Demonstrates ATP Improves Sperm Motility and In Vitro Fertilization in Animals
8. Pennsylvania Conference Committee Should Approve Smoke-Free Bill That Covers All Workplaces and Protects All Workers
9. Insurance Department Fines Conseco Under Pennsylvania-Led, Multi-State Agreement
10. Veteran Behavioral Health Services Executive to Lead Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
11. PA Governor Says Financial Analysis Shows Nothing Stands in Way of Senate Action to Help Pennsylvanias Uninsured
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... and characterization laboratories, is now offering HIAC particle counting and sizing services for ... , Gateway Analytical instituted the new service as a response to the needs ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... 'Tis ... can disrupt daily routines. That means it's also the season when eating healthy, staying ... living with diabetes) on schedule is harder to do. , "Shopping trips, parties ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has announced the ... providing occupational safety and health training to public sector employees. , “The primary ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Edward Buckingham MD , ... arrival of the newest Sciton laser in January 2017. The Halo is the ... and ablative wavelengths for exceptional results. Outperforming more traditional lasers, the innovative Halo ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... , ... Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital want to learn more ... course of three years, researchers will study concussions and changes in brain function by ... special sensors, will track the location and force of the hit. The sensors store ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... PUNE, India , December 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Market Research, titled, "Global Cancer Biomarkers Market - Global Opportunity ... biomarkers market is projected to reach $15,737 million by 2022 ... from 2016 to 2022. Omic technologies segment accounted for more ... expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec. 5, 2016  Wellbridge Health and Gateway Health ... health solutions to Medicare and Medicaid plan members with specific ... at the unique needs of this group of consumers, Wellbridge ... work philosophies to provide insight into members, daily behaviors and ... , , ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... 2016  New research by the CVS Health ... the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ... Response (ASPR), published online today in JAMA ... encourage patients with chronic conditions to refill medications ... also affirms that public-private partnerships can facilitate timely ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: