Long-term care facilities go to Washington DC to map out support needed

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) — As the COVID threat significantly decreases, places like long-term care facilities are still struggling. They said burnout, costs and funding gaps were driving them into a corner. Now Nebraska facilities are in Washington DC to explain why they need help, and fast.

The DC group said it should speak directly with lawmakers about the importance of providing funding for long-term care facilities as the impact of the pandemic continues. The DC group includes representatives from Tabitha Health in Lincoln. Their CEO said that if things don’t change soon, things will continue to deteriorate.

“There will come a point where many, many aged care providers just can’t keep up or stay in the game so to speak, so we need to make lawmakers aware that we need additional reimbursements and we need to give frontline caregivers a helping hand.” pay fair and reasonable wages,” said Christie Hinrichs, CEO of Tabitha Health.

One of the biggest goals of the trip is to get more federal dollars into the Medicaid reimbursement program. As far as these costs are concerned, the plants are currently in the red.

“By being reimbursed by Medicaid in the state of Nebraska, we are paying $40 per day less than the cost of caring for the individuals we care for,” Hinrichs said. “So this is math that doesn’t add up, can’t even give an end result”

They also advocate other ways to counteract staff shortages, such as B. Streamlining the process of training and admitting nurses to the labor market and facilitating certification for immigrants.

“There are many, many countries that have very well qualified and very empathetic nurses that could come and be a solution for us right away,” Hinrichs said.

Hinrichs said in conversations with others on the trip who work in their industry. They said this isn’t just a Nebraska-specific issue, which makes their trip even more important.

“In this pool of applicants and service providers, which is already too small, we are competing against ourselves, and in many respects we were only self-defeating,” said Hinrichs.

There are also several bills still making their way through the Nebraska Unicameral that would spend millions of dollars to fill gaps in assisted living and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and use that money for bonuses, recruitment, and employee retention.

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