The region is carrying almost $2,000,000 per year in expenses that should be covered by Medicaid. The region is also home to sub-acute beds that cannot open without Medicaid funding. The region has spent close to $4 million since its inception due to a lack of modifiers that would enable Medicaid funding for crisis beds.
There is hope, though! The Legislature has the opportunity to pass a resolution this upcoming legislative session or changes can be made in Medicaid modifiers (billing codes) to allow the proper payment mechanism to be used. Stay tuned!