Following the trend of earlier Harmony Blog posts (Pennsylvania: Improving Quality of Life for Seniors by Providing Better Access to Home- and Community-Based Services and Why Do States Fear the Less Expensive Option for Long Term Care?), more states are working to rebalance budgets to shift money from institutional long term care to home- and community-based services (HCBS).
In fact, the Columbus Dispatch reported on Sunday in a story titled: “State sees results in shifting of long-term-care costs”, that Ohio (another Harmony customer) is making some progress in shifting costs to less expensive HCBS. Since 2004, Ohio has rebalanced their expenses from 79 percent of funding used for institutional care to 68 percent for nursing home care and 32 percent devoted to HCBS according to an analysis by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. This change presents significant cost savings for the state (Ohio’s PASSPORT homecare program costs $1,400 per month compared with $4,231 per month for nursing home care.)
As options for home-based services expand, the state expects to see the amount of money spent on these services to increase.
To learn more about Ohio’s efforts to rebalance their long-term care, read the Columbus Dispatch article here.