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MASS. NURSING HOME INDUSTRY FACING CRISIS, INDUSTRY SAYS

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017....Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help.

"There has never been more urgency in the need to stabilize the commonwealth's nursing facilities," Matt Salmon, the CEO of Salmon Health and Retirement and vice chairman of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association board, said at a Joint Committee on Elder Affairs hearing. "We're facing an unprecedented financial crisis that is threatening the quality of care that we provide. This rapid decline has pushed many high-quality nursing homes to the verge of bankruptcy and possible closure."

Salmon and other nursing home heads testified in support of a bill (S 336, H 2072) filed by Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Thomas Golden that would increase the MassHealth reimbursement rates for nursing homes and fund leadership training and scholarship programs for nursing home staff.


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