Pennsylvania Nursing Homes are in crisis
www.publicopiniononline.com reports that Pennsylvania Nursing Homes are in crisis, the article quotes Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA), “Two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s nursing home residents are on Medicaid, and for each one of them, a nursing home loses an average of $19.23 a day. These shortfalls are unsustainable.”
According to PHCA:
- Staffing a nursing home around the clock makes up 70 percent of nursing home expenditures. At the same time, nursing homes are highly regulated and must meet minimum staffing requirements.
- Nursing homes, whether nonprofit or for-profit, operate on the lowest margins of all health care sectors – less than 1 percent versus 5 percent for hospitals and home-health and managed-care companies.