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      expected to be cut by 3.25%     cuts could lead to more nursing                       accepting applications for grant        inspection standards. Sen. Betty
      on April 1 and possibly 10%     home closures in the state, the                       funding for projects that can           Boyd (d) sponsored the measure
      on July 1. Even more daunting,  association said.                                     be replicated in other facilities.      (H.B. 1196).
      the daily rate could fall from                                                        Projects must have a continuing
      $129.18 to about $111. That was Fines build care grants                               and long-term beneficial effect         Major Medicaid cuts sought
      approximately the level it was  COlOrAdO—Money from                                   on the quality of life of residents     IdAHO—legislators have urged
      in 2005.                        nursing home fines has gener-                         in nursing facilities even when         the state department of Health
        Oklahoma’s current Medicaid ated $200,000 in state grants                           additional grant funds are not          and Welfare to eliminate $42
      reimbursement rate is $129.18   that will be allocated to facilities                  available. Applications were due        million in state funds from Med-
      a day, while the cost of care   to improve care quality.                              by March 30.                            icaid’s budget for 2010 and 2011.
      is $146.66 a day, according to    The Colorado Nursing Facil-                           The grants are funded fines             The Joint Finance-Appropri-
      the Oklahoma Association of     ity Culture Change Account-                           levied by the board against nurs-       ations Committee, which sets
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      Health Care Providers. The                                                            ing homes that fail to meet state       budgets for all state agencies,
                                                                                                                                    wants the department to look
                                                                                                                                    into paying healthcare provid-
                                                                                                                                    ers less and perhaps cutting
                                                                                                                                    patients’ benefits.
                                                                                                                                      An unrelated deal with hospi-
                                                                                                                                    tals would shave off $25 million.
              Emma. 92½. Alzheimer’s.                                                                                               Under the Hospital Assessment
                                                                                                                                    Act, hospitals would give $25
              While many see Emma’s limitation of age,                                                                              million to the Medicaid program.
              It’s Never 2 Late empowers her to live life                                                                           That money will trigger a federal
              to its fullest.                                                                                                       match of $100 million that will
                                                                                                                                    be used to pay hospital bills.
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              connect, engage and enjoy life through                                                                                MASSACHUSETTS—The rate
              the benefits of today’s technology, and                                                                               of nursing home residents who
              we’ve been doing it longer than any                                                                                   receive antipsychotics off-label
              other company.                                                                                     
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