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Fragile care boost

June 22, 2014
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Home health care for medically fragile children is dependent on an adequate supply of specially trained nurses to insure that timely care is available when necessary. To attract and retain skilled pediatric nurses reimbursement rates for medically fragile children must be fair and competitive. Currently, the rates paid by Medicaid are inadequate. The rates for pediatric shift nursing services are significantly lower than for other Department of Public Welfare (DPW) programs such as those in the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and lower than in more highly reimbursed hospital settings.



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