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Horizon Specialty Hospital to Open Their New Specialty Acute Care Hospital in Henderson

The Valley’s newest Long-Term Acute Care Facility to open soon

Horizon Specialty Hospital will open their new state of the art 38-bed specialty acute care hospital in Henderson at 8550 South Eastern Avenue. Horizon is hiring approximately 130 experienced healthcare workers. The new hospital will complement its existing facility which is located in the Las Vegas Medical District.

“Not only are we bringing an incredible state of the art healthcare facility to the area, we are creating jobs,” says David Tupper, CEO of Horizon Specialty Care Hospital. “Horizon Specialty Hospital culture is one of caring for patients and families with their heart and that is why we are hiring people who believe in and have the Horizon philosophy of patient care.”

Horizon Specialty Hospital is a long-term acute care facility for patients who require extended medical and rehabilitation needs. This new location will allow people who reside in Henderson and the surrounding areas to have easier access to Horizon’s services.

“We have some of the best physicians and clinical staff in Southern Nevada to continue a patient’s treatment plan to ensure full recovery in a comfortable and safe environment,” says Tupper. “We will be hiring over 100 new employees to join this dedicated group of medical professionals.”

The goal of Horizon Specialty Hospital at both campuses is to help patients improve and move to the next appropriate level of care, whether it is skilled nursing, home health services or their own home.

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Medicaid Underpayments Reach Record Levels

Medicaid underfunds nursing center providers by $7 billion in 2012

Claire Navaro
(202) 898-6317

Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today released a report by Eljay, LLC, which demonstrates the Medicaid program fails to fully pay providers who are caring for the nation’s most financially defenseless citizens. The annual study, titled A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care, projects that Medicaid underpayment to providers will exceed $7 billion nationally. On a per-resident, per-day basis, the average 2012 projected shortfall amount is $22.34. This is the largest shortfall reported since the inception of the study in 1999.

“There’s a lot of talk in Washington about Medicaid and how it’s ripe for cuts,” said AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson. “This report offers hard data that argues the opposite. The reality is that this program already underpays nursing center providers. Cuts to Medicaid do not make sense for providers or for the millions of Americans who depend on the program”

Highlights from the report include:

The 2012 Medicaid shortfall is projected to exceed $ 7 billion nationally.
The estimated average Medicaid shortfall for 2012 of $22.34 per Medicaid patient day is 14.3 percent higher than the preceding year’s projected shortfall of $19.55.
For a typical 100-bed facility in which 63 percent of residents rely on Medicaid for coverage, this shortfall would mean a loss of more than $500,000 annually.
Between 2010 and 2012, allowable costs increased an average of 4.2 percent, while Medicaid reimbursement rates only increased an average of 2.5 percent.

“As a researcher and author of this study for the past decade, I see adequacy of Medicaid payment for nursing facility services continuing to decline to their lowest point since the inception of the study,” said Joe Lubarksy, President of Eljay, LLC. “I don’t predict any significant shifts until there are significant improvements in state economies, and even then, the trend will continue to be towards a higher priority of funding for non-institutional services.”

State-by-state Medicaid underpayment data is available on the AHCA website. The full A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care document is available here.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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Business Reputation

Is the facility licensed and operating legally?
Has its license ever been revoked — if so, why?
Are recent inspection reports available?
How long has it been in business?
Are financial records available?
What about references?

You can find answers to these questions by contacting the state licensing agency (search for the state name plus licensing — for example, Minnesota licensing — on the Internet), the local agency on aging and the Better Business Bureau.


Do residents look as if they have their needs met?
Do they seem to be content and interact well with the staff and owners?
Do staff and residents treat one another with dignity and respect?
Do staff members take the time to listen and respond to residents’ needs?
What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
Are residents’ rights posted?
What training does the staff receive?
What do residents and their relatives say about their care?

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