On occasion, Iâ€™ve blogged about nursing homes and the â€œburdenâ€ of Medicare Part D. In July, I told you that pharmaceutical representatives testified on Capitol Hill that nursing homes are losing money under the program.
Nursing homes are also concerned about Medicaid under-reimbursements. Sixty nursing homes in New Hampshire are suing the Department of Health and Human Services for $4.4 million for care given to Medicaid beneficiaries since 2002. From the Kaiser Network:
The nursing homes filed the complaint last month after health department Commissioner John Stephen told state lawmakers that there was a surplus in the department’s $192 million nursing home budget. The complaint alleges that Medicaid reimbursements are lower than the cost of providing care and that payments over the past several years have been lower than expected.
(Pictured: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch)