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Medicaid-Financed Nursing Home Services: Characteristics of People Served and Their Patterns of Care, 2001-2002

Publication Date
Jan 29, 2008

The goal of this study was to describe patterns of Medicaid nursing home utilization for each state and nationally. The authors address three specific research questions in this report: (1) What are the characteristics of people who use Medicaid nursing home services? (2) How do people who use Medicaid nursing home services become eligible for Medicaid? What proportion are long-time Medicaid enrollees entering a nursing home? What proportion are new enrollees? (3) How long do Medicaid-covered nursing home spells last and how often do individuals return to nursing homes? While addressing these questions, the authors also examine how state long-term care policies are associated with variation across states in patterns of nursing home utilization. [63 PDF pages]