Nursing homes employ large proportions of their workforce at the minimum wage. This project sought to understand the potential impacts of federal minimum wage increases on nursing staff hours and labor costs of nursing homes.
Between 2005 and 2015, the number of hospice agencies with common ownership to nursing homes nearly quintupled in number and now represents almost 1-in-5 hospice agencies participating in the Medicare program.
This study is a follow-up to earlier research conducted with 2006 and 2009 Medicaid (MAX) data on interstate variations on the extent of the "re-balancing" of Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) from nursing home care toward greater reliance on home and community-based services (HCBS).
Older adults who have income and assets have choices should they need long-term services and supports (LTSS). In this paper we estimate the extent to which older adults could potentially use home equity to help pay for nursing home care. By estimating the relationship between home equity and care costs, we provide an upper bound on how much assistance with LTSS home equity might purchase.