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Continuing Care performance report

Measure: Average amount of long-term care spending per person with disabilities

The average amount spent on long-term care services for a person with a disability, excluding developmental disabilities, is $21,415.

To help track progress, counties that are similar in size are grouped together and called a cohort. Cohort 5 is group of Minnesota's largest counties and has the lowest spending per person.

Why is this measure important?

This measure shows how efficiently Minnesota is providing LTC services to people with disabilities. Counties have been able to keep average LTC spending per person relatively stable over time.

What is included in the measure?

The amount spent for each person with a disability who receives LTC services in institutions or through home and community-based services.

What does it mean?

When the average cost is higher, it means that more people are serviced in institutions instead of their home or other HCBS settings. It also means that some people need services that are more intensive or receive more expensive services such as 24-hour care.

How is it calculated?

Total spending on LTC services for people with disabilities divided by the total number of people with disabilities receiving LTC services. For the most part, this does not include people with developmental disabilities.

Graph showing average LTC spending per person with disabilities

Graph showing long term care spending for people with disabilities from 2009 to 2013

Table showing average LTC spending per person with disabilities  / Average LTC spending map (PDF)

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Statewide 22,134 21,193 21,599 21,303 21,415
Cohort 1 18,980 20,370 19,751 20,239 22,282
Cohort 2 20,327 19,795 21,443 21,442 22,364
Cohort 3 21,573 22,292 22,874 23,646 24,978
Cohort 4 27,018 26,215 27,019 26,077 26,639
Cohort 5 22,227 20,490 20,675 20,115 19,662

Data source

DHS data warehouse

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