As skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are treating increasing numbers of post-hospital elderly patients and experiencing a growing need for more complex care services, it is critical to ensure seniors are protected, care quality improvements are sustained, key staff jobs are preserved and operating needs are met through adequate Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
Making the appropriate investment in Medicare and Medicaid can help reduce the number and frequency of hospital admissions by improving residents' health and by supporting SNFs' capabilities to successfully treat more complex medical conditions. Without adequate funding support, the frontline long term care workforce will continue to struggle to care for some of our most vulnerable citizens.
The Coalition to Protect Senior Care welcomes the opportunity to work with Congress and the Administration to achieve continued quality improvements, ensure patient access to quality long term care and post-acute care, achieve the most efficient use of our nation's health care resources, and sustain and create frontline caregiver jobs in communities across the country - jobs that make a real difference in the lives of America's seniors.
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