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Philadelphia Inquirer: "Patients on ventilators caught in the middle as nursing homes bleed money"

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights the need for higher Medicaid reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities who care for ventilator and tracheotomy patients.

The article states "Boroughs and hundreds of other Pennsylvania residents have been caught in a squeeze between the state and nursing home operators who say it costs as much as $200 more per day than what the state is reimbursing them for the care of patients like Boroughs. If the state can’t come up with more money, providers warn that Pennsylvania could see a cascade of nursing home closures. While it’s not unusual for nursing homes to bemoan low Medicaid rate, significant fallout has already started among nursing homes with beds for ventilator-dependent patients."

Senate Bill 959 seeks to provide additional Medicaid funding ($130/day) to nursing facilities who provide ventilator and tracheostomy services. The legislation was introduced on November 6th and has been referred to the Health and Human Services Committee. More information on this potential legislation can be found in the Senate Memorandum and a recent PennLive Article.

PCQPAC supports Senate Bill 959 and other actions to provide additional Medicaid reimbursement to skilled nursing facilities who care for ventilator and tracheostomy patients, some of the most vulnerable of Pennsylvania's citizens.

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