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Monthly Archives: May 2016

David Fulcher

Dave Fulcher, CEO

Recently, a new national report was published comparing state-by-state costs incurred by long term care providers with the Medicaid reimbursement those facilities received.  The report drew my attention because, according to the report, Wisconsin has the worst Medicaid reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities in the nation.

What exactly does this mean?

The Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care is an annual analysis, which includes Wisconsin-specific data analyzed and contributed by the Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA). The national report confirms similar analyses of Wisconsin’s Medicaid reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities conducted by LeadingAge Wisconsin, which found that Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities experienced a $331.8 million “Medicaid deficit” in 2014-15. The Medicaid deficit is the difference between the costs facilities incurred caring for their Medicaid residents and the state/federal Medicaid reimbursement they received for providing that care.

This means that Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities, which provide round-the-clock, year-round care for our state’s most frail elderly and disabled citizens, lost $55.89 each day for each of the estimated 16,490 Medicaid residents served in 2014-15, a 7.25% increase from the previous year. On an annual basis, that translates into an average facility loss of more than $1.1 million, a 2.52% increase.

Milwaukee Catholic Home is no exception to this disturbing trend. For a mission-driven organization like us, compromising quality of care is never an option. This means engaging in a constant effort to fill the gap between the exceptional care we offer and the inadequate funding provided to our residents through Medicaid. We are grateful to the generous donors who provide us with support in filling this gap. However, the problem remains significant, and we plan to be part of the conversation on a local and state level as we look at ways that we as a community can better provide for our most vulnerable members.  If you share our concerns, please contact your local legislator and let them know that failure to adequately support the care of our cherished seniors is not a sustainable practice.  We can work together to change the system for the better!

SOURCES:
Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care, AHCA
Wisconsin Nursing Home Medicaid Losses and Fact Sheet, LeadingAge Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Health Care Association
LeadingAge Wisconsin

IMG_6566Clare Gardens is back! After a successful pilot year in 2015, our community farm in Burlington, WI is expanding this year.  Our farming area has almost doubled, and we have now begun offering shares in Clare Gardens to our organizational partners, including the Jewish Home and Care Center, St. John’s on the Lake, and Clement Manor.  Partners who purchase shares will receive a weekly delivery of farm-fresh produce, delivered over the course of 20-24 weeks in late spring, summer and early fall.

“At Milwaukee Catholic Home, we emphasize whole-person wellness, and healthy eating is a significant part of that,” said MCH CEO Dave Fulcher. “We are excited to be able to offer other organizations who serve older adults the chance to reap the benefits of the Clare Gardens project.”

IMG_6730Additionally, Milwaukee Catholic Home has established a partnership with the Riverwest Food Pantry, a food assistance ministry that serves MCH’s Milwaukee neighborhood. Riverwest Food Pantry will receive a share of Clare Gardens produce through the generous financial support of  Town Bank.

Below, enjoy some pictures of the first signs of new growth at Clare Gardens, as well as a slideshow with some of the great moments from last year’s growing season.  If you’re interested in learning more about the project and how you can become involved, contact Chris Reinheimer at (414) 220-3211 or creinheimer@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

It’s time to gear up for another great season of outdoor concerts at MCH!  Here is the lineup for our ever-popular Patio Pops and Backyard Beats.

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Patio Pops

June 8:            Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz

June 22:          Swing and A Miss

July 6:             Steve Cohen & LeRoy Airmaster

July 20:           Juke Box Saturday Night

                           with Leslie Fitzwater

August 3:        Valley of the Dolls

August 17:      Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

All concerts start at 7:30 pm at The Residence at 2462 N. Prospect Avenue.  For more info, contact Anne Catalane at (414) 220-3250 or acatalane@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

Backyard Beats

Friday, June 24, 6:15pm – 7:15pm: Dick Strauss Trio

Thursday, July 7, 6:15pm – 7 :15pm: The Radio Rosies

Sunday, July 17, 2:30pm-4:00pm: The Kids from Wisconsin

Sunday, August 14, 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Hat Trick

Monday, August 22, 6:15pm – 7:15pm: Bobby Way

Sunday, September 11, 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Velocity

All concerts are held in the courtyard at 2330 N. Prospect Avenue.  For more info, contact Tori Smith at tsmith@milwaukeecatholichome.org or (414) 220-8468 ext. 3383.

 

Enjoy some great moments from last year’s Patio Pops series below – with music by one of this year’s performers, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound!