Issue Briefs

ISSUE BRIEF: Department of Health Nursing Facility Survey

The Survey process conducted by the Department of Health is more punitive than at any other time in recent history while there has be no significant decline in nursing facility quality of care. If Health proposes amendments to nursing facility regulations in the future, all changes should reward quality care and outcomes over the current focus on punishment. 

ISSUE BRIEF: Nursing Facility MA funding should be increased by at least 2.7%

The state’s funding for nursing facilities is not keeping up with health care inflation. That means senior care providers are falling further and further behind. Right now, the losses equal more than $25 per day for every resident – and the costs are escalating. This has led to increased costs for private-pay residents, who are seeing their life savings depleted. 

ISSUE BRIEF: Assisted Living Services Should be included under the Medical Assistance Program

Pennsylvania’s current funding model for senior services forces many older adults into more expensive skilled nursing facility settings rather than lower cost alternatives in order to receive government assistance. Seniors with moderate and low incomes who rely on government assistance are limited in places where they can receive needed services. LeadingAge PA believes that Pennsylvania can achieve savings of at least $80-$100 million if Medical Assistance services would be offered in the PCH/ALR setting.