Recommendations for reining in the cost of Medicaid-funded long-term-care programs in New York would eliminate the financial burden on local governments but could be costly for providers. An interim report released yesterday by the Health Care Reform Working Group, a panel appointed by New York Gov. George Pataki, proposed sweeping changes. Among other things, the panel recommended creating a new nursing home model, establishing a single point of entry into the state long-term-care system, reducing Medicaid costs for local governments and closing eligibility loopholes. If the recommendations were implemented, the state Medicaid program would save more than $4.2 billion over the next five years and local governments would save more than $2 billion, the panel said. "It's the right thing to do to look at the Medicaid program systematically," said Scott Amrhein, president of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, an affiliate of the Greater New York Hospital Association. "But we do have concerns about specific provider cuts that would reduce rates to long-term-care providers in New York state by well over $100 million on an annual basis." -- by Cinda Becker
Overhaul urged for N.Y. long-term-care system
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