Low Medicaid Rates Cause Skilled Nursing Crisis in Washington State

Sep 10, 2018The Latest

W hen the state of Washington overhauled its Medicaid system in 2016, that meant unintended consequences for skilled nursing facilities. The changes meant that Medicaid reimbursement was paid out at the same level for all facilities, regardless of the differences in costs of care at each facility. See how this change has been devastating for many seniors.

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“It’s sort of a perfect storm of: the Medicaid rate’s gotten so far behind, and the survey environment has gotten very difficult, and then labor’s really tough right now too. You throw all those things together and it becomes really tough to operate.”

Tekoa Care Center, Tekoa, WA

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