Long-Term Care

Increased bed taxes warrant stricter federal oversight

MDS 3.0 Insider, August 1, 2014

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States have been increasingly taxing skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers to fund Medicaid in recent years, and federal authorities should look more closely at this trend, a Government Accountability Office analysis determined.
Nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare organizations paid about $19 billion in so-called “bed taxes” in fiscal year 2012. This figure was about $10 billion in 2008. The federal government is concerned about the cost-shifting effects of these provider taxes. The report states that the taxes are a way for states to avoid drawing on their general funds to support Medicaid.

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