A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says managed care payers and state Medicaid agencies are experiencing a staffing shortage for long-term health care services in home and community settings.
According to a HealthPayerIntelligence report, Medicaid spends about $167 billion each year to cover long-term services through state programs and managed care organizations.
The GAO, citing a 2018 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, says 24 states had deployed 41 programs for long-term managed care services as of August 2017. Some 1.8 million Medicaid beneficiaries were enrolled in those programs at that time.
Managed care payers, per HealthPayerIntelligence’s report, told the GAO low wages are likely fueling the staffing shortages.
Officials say there’s a workforce drought in rural areas, too, due to the long travel distances for little work and low pay.