California Healthline: San Francisco Adult Day Centers Get Reprieve From 10% Medi-Cal Rate Cut

St. Barnabas Senior Services Adult Day Center
by David Gorn

The state Department of Health Care Services has granted an exemption from a Medi-Cal reduction to nine San Francisco adult day health care facilities catering to a frail and elderly patient population.

Officials hope the move will help all nine Community-Based Adult Services centers stay in business — particularly four of them that were planning to shut down in July for financial reasons.

“This is a huge victory against the odds,” said Moli Steinert, executive director of the four Stepping Stone CBAS centers. “We were on the edge here in San Francisco of losing our centers.”

At the core of the decision was access, according to Mari Cantwell, chief deputy director of DHCS. If those four centers closed, she said, the 291 people who get services every month at Stepping Stone would not have been able to get those services anywhere within a reasonable geographic area.   

“This is part of our ongoing responsibility to monitor access,” Cantwell said. “We need to be monitoring access, and taking action if necessary. They were planning to close their centers July 1, and if that happened there would have been insufficient capacity [elsewhere].”

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/3/san-francisco-centers-get-reprieve-from-10-medical-provider-rate-cut

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