elder care

Jenifer Jones

Six nursing homes in South Dakota closed over the last year and a half--including the Hudson Care and Rehab Center within the last month. The closures are driven by low Medicaid reimbursement rates from the state. 

The legislature approved a 10% reimbursement increase earlier this year. But testimony during last week's Government Operations and Audit Committee meeting shows the problem is far from solved. 


In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

The announcement that another nursing home facility in South Dakota is closing highlights the changes that have occurred in elderly care needs and resources.

The changing culture of housing for older adults was the topic on last week's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV, the final program of the season. 

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The merger between Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is now set to start two months before initially scheduled. But joining two of the area’s largest employers signals a change in the healthcare industry both at home and around the country. 

Sanford Health Chief Administrative Officer Randy Bury says healthcare is an evolving industry. He says it used to be that clinics were separate from hospitals, and long-term facilities like nursing homes were separate from acute-care providers.