Navigation Links
Real-world Harm from Governor's Budget Plan
Date:6/25/2009

Skilled nursing facility closings, patient transfers, significant job losses

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Skilled Nursing Care Coalition today painted a stark picture of the real-life human consequences of the devastating and debilitating impact the estimated $300 million reduction in total Medicaid reimbursement being proposed by Governor Strickland would have on the state's frail elderly and disabled Ohioans:

  • Dozens of facilities likely will have to close
  • Residents in closed facilities will have to be transferred to other locations, causing trauma and life-threatening health risks from being forced out of what is, by need and choice, their home
  • More than 2,000 jobs will be lost
  • The quality of care that is provided in remaining facilities will decline because there simply will not be enough nurses and other staff to give the around-the-clock care that is needed.

Victoria Gresh, the Executive Director of The Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes, Inc., said, "Under the Governor's proposal, 20% of the skilled nursing facilities in Ohio each will lose half a million dollars or more over the next two years, likely forcing dozens to go out of business. They just won't be able to make it with that big a cut to their revenue."

John Alfano, President and CEO of AOPHA, The Advocate Of Not-For-Profit Services For Older Ohioans, said, "Closing that many skilled nursing facilities is disastrous. Bear in mind the average skilled nursing facility employs over a hundred people - they will be out of jobs. And the patients will have to move."

Pete Van Runkle, executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association, added, "The life-threatening consequences are real. Transfer trauma studies show conclusively that when you take frail, physically and mentally debilitated people, uproot them from the environment and the care to which they're accustomed, and move them to a strange place that may be far away, there are negative outcomes, including death."

The Coalition urged the joint House-Senate budget conference committee and legislative leaders to reject the Governor's proposed cuts and retain the Senate version of the budget for skilled nursing facilities. The Senate version not only provides appropriate funding for skilled nursing care but also generates $686 million for other Medicaid services through fees paid by the skilled nursing facilities.

BACKGROUND

The Skilled Nursing Care Coalition is comprised of three associations that represent the continuum of care providers and residents they serve. Those associations are AOPHA (the Advocate Of Not-For-Profit Services For Older Ohioans), the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) and The Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes, Inc. (OANH). The Coalition advocates for fair funding for frail seniors who rely on government assistance for their health care needs in whatever setting they choose and in which their needs can be reasonably accommodated. More information is available at: www.caringforohio.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Skilled Nursing Care Coalition
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Newest Coated Stent Does Well in Real-World Trial
2. HealthCore Invites Community-based Practitioners to Participate in Real-world Research Network
3. First Study to Test Real-World Effects of Stun Gun Use Raises Questions about Safety
4. Study Published in JAMA on RFID Interference Ignores Real-World Use Cases, According to SkyeTek
5. Study Measures Real-World Comparative Effectiveness of Asthma Controller Medications
6. Registry unveils real-world data on novel excel stent
7. From Research to Practice: Healthfitness, Eastman Chemical Company Case Study Demonstrates Real-World Health Gains and Productivity Savings
8. Real-World Studies of Carotid Artery Stenting Demonstrate Results Comparable to Guidelines for Patients Treated With Surgery
9. Pelosi, Governors Remarks Before Meeting on Health Care
10. Western Governors University Offers Special Nursing Scholarships for Employees of Hospital Partners
11. Western Governors University Nursing Education Program Receives $500,000 Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/28/2017)... Gowrie, IA (PRWEB) , ... February 28, 2017 , ... Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association ... cooperative to be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Valley ... is "Set Your Sights For Great Service" What do you look for in ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... , ... February 28, 2017 , ... In 2014, Harvard ... In studying approximately 800 deaths from prostate cancer, the researchers found that men who ... more likely to get fatal prostate cancer. Although the increased risks are small, they ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 28, 2017 , ... BrightStar Care ... of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. This award is granted only to top-ranking ... BrightStar Care Marietta is now ranked among home care providers from across the ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... It’s ... strength, which often leads to a host of health issues, including urinary incontinence. ... Geriatrics Society discovered that good overall muscle strength in older women, particularly ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Much attention has been paid to the ... dependent on opioid painkillers has fallen short. From 1999 until 2010, fatal overdoses from ... in fatal overdoses in male populations.(1) , The proportion of women using illicit drugs ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/28/2017)... 2017 The global  pulse oximeters market  is expected to ... View Research, Inc. The pulse oximeters market is anticipated to witness significant growth ... target diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, cardiac arrhythmia, ... ... Grand View Research Logo ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... 2017  Summary This report provides all ... its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Description The Partnering Deals and Alliance since 2010 report ... one of the world,s leading life sciences companies. ... to ensure inclusion of the most up to date ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... 28, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Forecasts 2014-2025" report to their offering. ... The global digestive ... by 2025. Growing consumer awareness regarding the severity of digestive ... to stimulate industry growth over the forecast period. The increasing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: