Report: Move Medicaid Money To Communities
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 17, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA--A legislative panel this week recommended Indiana restructure its long-term services system so more people can move out of nursing homes and other institutions and into the community.
According to the Associated Press, the Government Efficiency Commission Subcommittee on Medicaid and Human Service report said the cost of institutional care is too expensive for the state's Medicaid system to handle.
Moving people to community settings would not only save money, it said, but would also improve the satisfaction of those receiving services and their families. Additionally, it would allow the state to transfer the financial risk for services to providers.
Indiana spends more of its Medicaid money on institutional services than nearly every other state, it noted.
The state could close 2,000 nursing home beds and still have more than enough to meet its current and future needs, the report concluded.
"Medicaid panel recommends fewer institutions" (Associated Press via Indianapolis Star)