Pew: New Medicaid Rules May Limit Services For Elders, Patients With Dementia

Pew Charitable Trusts (11/19) reports on a new Federal rule that “will require states to ensure that long-term care alternatives to nursing homes work with residents and their families to develop individual care plans specifying the services and setting each resident wants,” with the goal of creating a “home-like atmosphere” within assisted living facilities. However, “the rule could make it difficult for [physicians] to fulfill increasing demand for long-term care outside of nursing homes,” and “could limit the availability of services for elders,” while bringing unintended consequences, according to Pew. For example, patients with dementia who are not likely to wander off should not face constraints such as locked doors under the new rule, but this guideline becomes complicated when multiple dementia patients share living space and some are at risk for wandering and some are not.

Related Links:

— “New Medicaid Rule Could Challenge State Shift Away From Nursing Homes,” Christine Vestal, Pew Charitable Trusts, November 19, 2014.

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