Providing Adequate Medicaid Reimbursement

Background

Providers of long-term services and supports Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… ( LTSS Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… ) cannot ensure high-quality services without sufficient funding. Research suggests that higher Medicaid reimbursement is associated with better care. However, providers should be required to demonstrate that reimbursement increases intended to improve the quality of LTSS Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… achieve this goal.

Many states use LTSS Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… payment systems that link payment levels to beneficiaries’ needseither case-mix Case-mix payment systems link reimbursement to the types of patients treated. The more expensive the services and the greater the patients’ needs, the higher the payment. Several states now use case-mix formulas to establish Medicaid payment rates for nursing home care. adjusted rates or tiered rates. These payment approaches help to ensure that nursing facilities and assisted providers will accept and continue to provide sufficient services to residents with substantial care needs.

PROVIDING ADEQUATE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT: Policy

Ensuring adequate reimbursement

In this policy: FederalState

Federal and state governments should ensure that Medicaid reimbursement is sufficient to guarantee access to the full range of high-quality long-term services and supports Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… in all service settings. Medically necessary services must not be capped.

Reimbursement should be adjusted to account for the different intensity of services needed by people with varying levels of disability. Medicaid reimbursement should be sufficient to ensure a viable, reasonable choice of services, settings, and providers, including home- and community-based services Long-term services and supports provided in individuals’ homes or in home-like environments, such as supportive housing. and a self-directed option with necessary supports.

States should use prospective case-mix Case-mix payment systems link reimbursement to the types of patients treated. The more expensive the services and the greater the patients’ needs, the higher the payment. Several states now use case-mix formulas to establish Medicaid payment rates for nursing home care. reimbursement rates, tiered rates, and other methods that link payment to the intensity of services provided. The rates should be adequate to encourage providers to serve all individuals, particularly those with heavy care needs.