One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to agovernment report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem. Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that 59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable. […]

Rebalancing Medicaid Long-Term Services And Supports

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examines the changed landscape of Medicaid long-term services and support (LTSS) spending 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the past, most of that funding was earmarked for institutional care. That has now shifted to home […]

Rebalancing Medicaid Long-Term Services And Supports

Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), the Medicaid program is also marking an important milestone in system transformation in 2015. The national profile of Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) expenditures has shifted away from primary dependence on institutional care. In 2013 the majority of Medicaid LTSS spending was for […]

The Alzheimer’s Disease Waiver Program Does Not Delay Nursing Home Entry

The Alzheimer’s disease waiver program was established in 2005 to test the effectiveness of interventions to delay or avoid institutional placement for elders with Alzheimer’s disease. The program offers 11 services designed to allow participants to remain in the community and to support their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s disease waiver program does not delay nursing home entry more effectively than the state’s other Medicaid […]