Nursing Home Neglect: Nursing Homes May Not Provide Quality Short Term Rehabilitation Care

The New York Times published an article on April 14, 2015 “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag”.  The article discusses the recent trend that nursing homes are now offering short term rehabilitation.  The reason is Medicare pays short term rehabilitation up to 100 days which is at a rate 0f 86% more than Medicaid.

The article states that many nursing homes are remodeling lobbies and offering amenities to short term rehabilitation patients.  (“the chandelier effect”).  The article finds that “many nursing homes are struggling to provide consistent, quality care despite genuine efforts.” Dr. Steven Handler, a geriatrician and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine states:  “The nursing homes are kind of stuck in an older model that is based on a very small operating margin, low-staffing model and low physician presence.”


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