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Nursing Home Social Worker

I have been a nursing home social worker for many years and am very frustrated by all of the cuts and proposed cuts to Medicaid. It has dramatically affected our ability to care for our nursing home residents. Our psych care is going down as the psychiatrist will no longer be reimbursed by Medicaid for their services unless they are actively working on discharge planning. This does not help my building as we are mostly long-term and have a behavior unit. As of July 1, 2011, my psych residents will not be able to receive the care that they are in such great need of if they are straight Medicaid. Something needs to change!!
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