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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nursing home providers say Medicaid reimbursement rates may have contributed to an increase in nursing home closures in Wisconsin last year. Ten long-term care facilities closed in Wisconsin last year, compared with six closures in ...

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MADISON, Wis(AP) — Nursing home providers say Medicaid reimbursement rates may have contributed to an increase in nursing home closures in Wisconsin last year. Ten long-term care facilities closed in Wisconsin last year, compared with six closures in 2016, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Providers told Wisconsin Public Radio that reimbursement rates aren’t keeping pace with the cost to provide care. “The average facility loses $1 million a year for the Medicaid residents that we serve,” said John Vander Meer, the executive director of the Wisconsin Health Care Association. Most Read StoriesAmazon laying off corporate employees in rare cutbackAmazon’s delivery dream is a nightmare for FedEx and UPS | Commentary5 arrested as Trump supporters, counterprotesters rally in Seattle60-year-old man fatally shot in road-rage incident on Interstate 5 near TacomaControlling blood sugar for a better sex life | The People's PharmacyUnlimited Digital Access $1 for 4 weeks.Douglas County nursing homes lost $2.3 million from 2015 to 2016, while Bayfield County’s sole nursing home lost $811,000 during that time period. The state’s current budget will raise reimbursement rates for skilled nursing facilities by 2 percent each year. Bayfield County Administrator Mark Abeles-Allison said they’d like to see a 5 percent reimbursement rate. “The combination of an increased population and lower reimbursements combined with a tremendous number of nursing homes going out of business really has us worried,” said Abeles-Allison. The rates are also affecting facilities’ ability to recruit and retain workersAn industry survey of almost 690 providers found 11,500 unfilled caregiver positions across the state in 2016, Vander Meer said. “We are not in a position to be able to offer competitive wages compared to convenience stores, big box retailers and fast food services,” he said. The state has almost 390 licensed nursing homes, according to the state Health Department. The state Health Department has launched the WisCare Caregiver Career Program in response to the nurse aide shortageThe program will invest $2.3 million to attract and retain around 3,000 nurse aides. ___ Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, The Associated Press Next StoryBoston skyline to be lit up in blue for children’s hospital Previous StoryNew program would help Montana teens acquire work skills // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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