Nursing Homes Need Medicare to Stay Fully Staffed
Washington DC’s The Hill newspaper points out that nursing homes may be nervous about budget cuts. The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care released data this week stating that nursing homes “create more jobs nationwide than any other healthcare employer except hospitals.” They hope this information will have some effect as Congress looks to Medicare cuts as a way to help the deficit issue.
“Nursing facilities are already getting hit with $30 billion in cuts because of the healthcare reform law and previous regulations… and the facilities depend increasingly on Medicare to stay open and fully staffed.” The Alliance President, Alan G. Rosenbloom says that nursing homes are seeing fewer long-term stays and more short-term visits. These shorter stays are most often for rehabilitation after an operation—services paid for by Medicare.