LINCOLN, Nebraska (KLKN) – Senior living facilities continue to struggle, even as funds begin to trickle in to raise rates for Medicaid providers.
“Unfortunately, there are some facilities that are already in crisis, or are still in crisis, and the funding for them comes a little too late,” said Jalene Carpenter of the Nebraska Health Care Association. .
Facilities statewide are finally seeing some money from higher Medicaid provider fees, which many facilities are using to raise staff salaries. It has either closed or will be closed this year so the issue is still not resolved.
“We expect more to come, but it’s been very difficult for these communities,” Carpenter said.
The facility hopes to start receiving U.S. Relief Plan Act funding soon, but a new wrench is being thrown into the mix.
“While we are very grateful for the increased funding we received, we did not plan for this level of inflation,” Carpenter said. , you need to keep abreast of Medicaid charges. “
The facility was already struggling to pay for supplies before inflation. If that’s not enough, some establishments have him fined six months or more.
Carpenter said one facility was fined $20,000 for a violation that occurred in January.
“These flaws were a long time ago, and back in January, they had already fixed the issue and submitted a remediation plan,” she said. “So the fact that it came so late is very unexpected.”
The Nebraska Medical Association hopes to find a quick solution to the staffing shortage so that places that are open can accommodate more residents.
“We need a very short-term solution,” Carpenter said.
She pointed out that a delegation from the Nebraska Legislature recently spoke about the importance of legal immigration.
“This is something we are very supportive of because it can help us more quickly,” Carpenter said.