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Albany can be a thorn in the side for many county governments and state regulations on healthcare have really been a bane on the Genesee County Nursing home.

The Genesee County Legislature is forming three subcommittees with the guidance of a consulting law firms from the Utica area “to help move forward what we’re calling our continued due diligence and also to help develop both information about what we’re considering and the variables we’re considering and then financially, what does the future look like as far as us as a public sector entity running a nursing home, but also what we’ve been as one of the legacy providers here in the county,” County Manager Jay Gsell said.

He says a major focus will be on “looking at what’s changing on the horizon at the state and national level in terms of reimbursement, particularly with the Medicaid program which is the major funder of the services we provide.”

The subcommittees on Long Term Care Sustainability, Operations and Redesign and Community Engagement and Education will be comprised of legislators.

Gsell says with mandatory managed care passed down by the state, regional reimbursement rate formulas and the dependence on Medicaid as the primary revenue source, it’s important to develop a timely strategy for the nursing home.

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