Despite fiscal pressures, states largely have not changed Medicaid payment rates to nursing homes, generally providing full-inflation updates, the General Accounting Office said in a new report. Reviewing 19 states, the GAO said states have kept nursing home reimbursements stable or increased them by using tobacco settlement and budget stabilization funds. Some states also increased cigarette taxes or nursing home provider taxes. Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas, however, cut per-diem rates at some point between fiscal 1998 and fiscal 2004, while Connecticut and Oregon froze rates. In addition, some states said future cuts are possible. -- by Tony Fong
GAO: Medicaid nursing home rates remain stable
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