Please send your legislators a message urging them to sign onto Representative Paul Donato’s budget amendment #769 which would provide funds to increase the pay of these nurses and ensure that our most medically complex citizens have access to the care they need.
Issue Background: The Massachusetts Continuous Skilled Nursing program provides in-home skilled nursing care to support and keep people with medically complex needs safe at home. While MassHealth has recently proposed a very small increase to the rates for this service, the increase does not make up for more than ten years with no increases.
Home care providers find that they are increasingly unable to compete with hospitals and other facilities for nurses; as a result, hours of needed and authorized care are going undelivered, leaving the patients vulnerable to expensive hospitalizations.
In 2016, home health providers reported a 37% turnover rate of their nurses, 53% of them left for higher pay at hospitals.
Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.