Do Noninstitutional Long-Term Care Services Reduce Medicaid Spending?

Source: H. Stephen Kaye, Mitchell P. LaPlante and Charlene Harrington, Health Affairs, Vol. 28 no. 1, 2009
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From the abstract:
Medicaid spending on home and community-based services (HCBS) has grown dramatically in recent years, but little is known about what effect these alternatives to institutional services have on overall long-term care costs. An analysis of state spending data from 1995 to 2005 shows that for two distinct population groups receiving long-term care services, spending growth was greater for states offering limited noninstitutional services than for states with large, well-established noninstitutional programs. Expansion of HCBS appears to entail a short-term increase in spending, followed by a reduction in institutional spending and long-term cost savings.

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