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Increasing Consumer Involvement

Today, the process for setting state Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes is not structured to encourage consumer participation. Yet as health care provider reimbursement provisions within the Affordable Care Act are implemented, it will be particularly important to have representatives of nursing home residents and their families at the table. A new set of Commonwealth Fund–supported issue briefs, as well as an online seminar series, looks at how to increase consumer involvement in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes. Authors Edward Alan Miller, of University of Massachusetts Boston, and Cynthia Rudder, of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, also provide case studies of New York and Minnesota, where consumers have successfully lobbied for changes to Medicaid nursing home reimbursement policy to promote access to care, high-quality care, and residents' quality of life. The briefs and online seminar series are available on the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Gerontology Institute Web site at the links below.

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