The Rhode Island State House of Representatives just approved a bill to block the licensing of home nursing, hospice, and home care for the next two years. According to the information, the influx of home health care agencies is due to a new Medicaid global waiver which "allowed the state to spend Medicaid dollars in new ways (on home-based programs for the elderly, for example, instead of a nursing home focus) in exchange for annual spending caps." Apparently only those businesses already in operation were supposed to benefit from this "global waiver" program.
The key takeaways from the article are that the nursing homes are losing patients to "new ways" ie, homecare and the homecare agencies in the state don't want new competition.
Limiting the number of providers is not a sound strategy of insuring quality care, but Transparency via patient and family reviews ensures a better product.
WhereToFindCare.com invites Rhode Island health care providers to actively participate by informing their patients to publicly rate their experience on WhereToFindCare.com. Only through transparency can quality be achieved in the marketplace.
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