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The Myth About Nursing Homes Not Accepting Medicaid Patients

 

The Myth About Nursing Homes Not Accepting Medicaid Patients

People who choose to arrange for a loved one's care enter into a world of new definitions, new rules, and new qualifications.  Often times, one doesn't know what to believe, what to question, and what to research, as there is an inherent trust in any person of authority giving you an honest answer.  Time to doubt what some say.

Many of us have heard firsthand that nursing homes avoid Medicaid patients because of the complex rules and requirements that they must meet as operators.  Federal licensing standards are strict, requiring a higher ratio of skilled to non-skilled personnel.  The licensing procedure itself can take up to three years to complete.  The billing process also is more complex, requiring documentation to back up costs for services.

Nonetheless, an estimated 90% of all nursing homes are currently Medicaid certified, meaning that most nursing home operators have the capability to accept Medicaid patients.

 

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