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Texas Health Care Association: New Report on Long Term Care Workforce Spotlights Need to Boost Texas Medicaid Rates
Date:4/15/2008

licy discussion about how to strengthen the Texas Medicaid program's reimbursement rate, which has slipped to 49th in the entire nation. "Besides the fact the Texas Medicaid rate requires modification to reflect the realities of today's health care marketplace, we must also assess how the pending demographic tidal wave of retirees, a great many of whom will ultimately require long term care and services, will place further stress on an already over-burdened Medicaid service structure."

According to the national accounting firm BDO Seidman, and other sources, while the average national daily Medicaid rate per patient is $153.83, the Texas rate is just $106.59 - 49th nationally. Comparably, on a regional basis, New Mexico ranks 30th nationally, at $137.24; Oklahoma ranks 44th, at $116.84; Arkansas ranks 47th, at $111.76; and Louisiana ranks 45th, at $115.00.

The THCA President said that care quality in Texas nursing homes - and sustained progress in quality improvement - is directly tied to Medicaid funding stability. "Government has every right to insist upon quality care, but government also has an obligation to adequately finance that care - and the new IOM report and its recommendations help make the case for doing so."

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long term care association in Texas. THCA represents a broad spectrum of long term care providers and professionals offering long term, rehabilitative and specialized health care services. Member facilities, owned by both for-profit and non-profit entities, include nursing facilities, specialized rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living facilities.


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