Wednesday, March 13, 2019

House votes to increase Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes


House Passes Bill to Increase Nursing Home Funding

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that will increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes in Oklahoma to improve the quality of care for residents.

In addition to increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate, House Bill 1902, by State Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, would improve staffing ratios, increase staff training and incentivize nursing homes to improve care using a pay-for-performance model that would improve rankings on quality of care.

“Taking great care of the residents in our nursing homes is a moral and civic duty,” McEntire said. “But, this requires additional funning. With better pay and better training, staff will be able to provide better care to the residents in these facilities.”

HB 1902 passed the House by a vote of 93-2. It now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

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