This is kind of emabarassing:

From the Elder Law Prof Blog:

Ohio ranks 49th in the nation when it comes to funding home care for the disabled and elderly, losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in potential savings, according to a report released Monday. Every state in the nation except Mississippi spends a higher percentage of Medicaid long-term care funding for home care as opposed to nursing home care than Ohio, according to An Economic Study of Long-Term Care Costs in Ohio, a report prepared by the Columbus firm Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter for the Ohio Council for Home Care. The report states that nursing home residency is five times the cost of home care and that the state could save as much as $600 million to $1.4 billion a year by steering more Medicaid clients into home care instead of nursing home care. Key findings in the report include:

  • The vast majority of Ohioans prefer to receive care in their homes, but Ohio’s current long-term care funding system favors clients entering a nursing home.
  • Ohio’s population is aging and the supply of available workers is declining, making it virtually impossible for home care providers to meet the need without sufficient financial reimbursement.
  • Ohio will need about 13,000 additional home health aides and personal care aides by 2012. Calling Ohio’s long-term care system a “three-legged stool,” the report’s authors argue the state needs to rebalance its roughly $12-billion-a-year Medicaid budget and boost reimbursement rates to home care agencies so they can continue to operate. Potential saving would “dwarf” the 19 percent increase needed to offset inflation, they said.

    The the Dayton Daily News continues the story…

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