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Continuing Care performance report

Measure: Percent of long-term care spending for home and community-based services for seniors.

More seniors receive long-term care services in their communities instead of institutions. These services are called home and community-based services.

To help track progress, counties similar in size are grouped together and called a "cohort." Cohort 5 includes Minnesota's largest counties and has the largest percent spending on HCBS. Larger counties usually perform better on this measure. However, all cohorts improved in the past five years.

Why this measure is important?

This measure shows HCBS are less expensive to provide, so it saves money when people can stay in their homes and other HCBS settings. This is also important because people have more control over their services in HCBS, which promotes their independence. There is less opportunity to control one's services in institutions.

What is included in the measure?

Spending for people who are 65 years and older who receive LTC services. The measure includes spending on people who receive services in institutions and home and community-based services.

What does it mean?

A higher percent means counties spend more of their LTC funding on HCBS. That means more people get services in their homes or other HCBS settings. A lower percent means that more people get services in institutions, rather than in their communities.

How is it calculated?

The amount spent on HCBS for seniors divided by the total amount spent on seniors who receive HCBS and institutional LTC services.

Percent of LTC spending for HCBS for seniors by graph

Graph of percent of LTC spending for HCBS for seniors

Percent of LTC spending for HCBS for seniors by table / by map (PDF)

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Statewide

38.7%

41.3%

42.7%

43.4%

45.1%

Cohort 1

26.9%

27.9%

28.0%

26.9%

27.2%

Cohort 2

32.9%

33.7%

34.4%

34.1%

35.3%

Cohort 3

35.9%

37.4%

37.5%

36.6%

37.5%

Cohort 4

39.3%

41.4%

42.1%

41.5%

42.2%

Cohort 5

43.9%

47.6%

50.0%

51.9%

54.2%

Data source

DHS Data Warehouse

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