STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Nursing homes say they need more money than bill includes
By Danielle Killey
Jon Riewer said his organization faces funding shortages, losing employees and struggling to provide care to the elderly and disabled.
At this point I would classify our situation a... Posted on 4/22/13 at 11:50 AM
Minnesota House Democrats are hoping to ease uncertainty created by a call to cut $150 million from state health and social service budgets by vowing increased payments to nursing homes and similar caregivers.
Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans exposed the vulnerability of nursing homes, serious shortcomings persist. The recently released report recommends that Medicare and Medicaid add specific emergency planning and training steps to the existing federal requirement that nursing homes have a disaster plan. Many such steps are now in nonbinding federal guidelines that investigators found were disregarded.
Stillwater police say they used a stun gun on an elderly nursing home resident with dementia after he stabbed an employee with a pen. Police Chief John Gannaway said the 79-year-old male resident was out of control, threatening to kill everyone and stabbed an employee with a pen.
A report says a Plymouth, Minn., nursing home had to retrain its staff after a male resident was found to have foot wounds infested with maggots. The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility Complaints in October investigated the incident at Mission Nursing Home.
Nearly 50 of Minnesota's 384 nursing homes are launching a three-year pilot program that could save millions of dollars by sharply reducing the number of times sick or failing residents are sent to a hospital. The concept, which has been proved in smaller tests, could cut avoidable hospitalizations by up to 20 percent, planners say.
Thousands of frail Minnesotans who plan to move into assisted living facilities will have to talk with a telephone counselor first under a state law that takes effect Oct. 1. That's riled some people who don't see the need for what one official called "government overreach."
The residents of Trinity Homes were moved to more than two dozen facilities around North Dakota on May 31, including in Grand Forks, when it became apparent that much of the city would be flooded by the Souris River.
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