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SNF statistics for 1999 are in.

There were surprises in last year's numbers

THE NURSING HOME STATISTTCAL YEAR-book, 1999 is off the presses and the report contains some surprising data. Published by AAHSA, the yearbook is an annual collection of nursing home statistics. According to the report, the prospective payment system (PPS) has lowered the percentage of nursing home residents who receive Medicare to 8.7 percent in 1999, down from 9.4 percent in 1998. This is the first time this has happened in recent history.

Another first is the decline in total number of beds certified by Medicare and Medicaid. One explanation for this is the total number of nursing home beds has declined. A more ominous reason is that current reimbursement rates are so low some nursing homes can't afford to provide care so they are forced to reduce the number of certified beds in their facility.

AAHSA president Len Fishman notes, "These numbers underscore the danger to Medicare beneficiaries of losing access to quality nursing home care if we under-fund our system of nursing home care."

Other statistics this newest update reports include the fact that not-for-profit homes had fewer deficiencies than for-profit homes. Furthermore, there were 175 fewer such homes in 1999, the occupancy rate has been fairly constant, and among new residents 71 percent need help with four ADLs and 47 percent need help with all five ADLs.
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Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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