Some of the most expensive nursing homes in the country may be the most crowded, with the average stay lasting about nine months, according to a new study by the nonprofit advocacy group the National Association of State Directors of Nursing Homes.
The analysis of data from Medicare, Medicaid and private nursing home data from 2014 and 2015 found that the average cost of a nursing home stay in the United States averaged $11,400 for seniors in 2014, according the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
That’s about $1,600 less than the national average, the center reported.
But it’s not just the average costs that are out of whack.
The analysis found that nursing home stays were more expensive for some types of nursing home residents than others.
For instance, the average $11.7 million nursing home care in the state of California cost a total of $1.6 million more than the average nursing home cost in the U.S. for the same age group, the report found.
The average cost for a nursinghome stay in New Jersey was $5,500 more than in the average for all the other states and the District of Columbia, according an analysis of nursing homes data from the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting.
Some of the largest nursing home dwellers were in California, which was the only state in the survey to show a lower average nursing homes cost per resident than the nation overall.
The National Association for State Directors, which promotes nursing homes and its members, has criticized the nursing homes that are most expensive, particularly for seniors who live in older housing.
“The majority of our seniors are in nursing homes, and we want them to be treated fairly,” said Amy DeSantis, executive director of the association.
In New Jersey, the nursing home average cost per unit was $9,900, according a 2014 report from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the median nursing home in the nation cost $3,600 per unit in 2014.
Many nursing homes were in the top 10 of the country for the number of beds, which ranged from the smallest to the largest, according in the study.
Nursing homes that were among the top 50 for the most beds were in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Houston and Dallas, according.
That means seniors who have to share space with other residents in older homes can end up paying more than they would for a resident in a nursing facility.
Another reason why nursing homes have been so expensive is because they require residents to pay for the care of residents that are not eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or private nursing homes.
These programs help people who are not able to afford nursing home insurance, but are elderly or disabled, and who are sick or in need of treatment, the Center said.
Those who have been able to get these services and pay for them can then access the care that they need, the nonprofit said.
Some seniors in the Northeast and Midwest are forced to travel more than 10 hours to get care at a nursing center, according one study from the University of Rochester.
A recent survey by the advocacy group Center for American Progress found that many nursing homes pay more to staff their nursing homes than other health care providers.
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began monitoring nursing homes nationwide in 2011, it found that at least 7 percent of facilities had more than 15 nursing home beds, and 11 percent had more people than they were able to treat, the group said.
The study also found that some facilities are more expensive than others because they don’t offer more than four months of benefits, as required by the Affordable Care Act, and because they do not have an effective system for scheduling care, according, according to the report.
While nursing homes may be expensive, they also have a long history of treating people with physical or mental health conditions.
Nursings home care can be a valuable part of a long-term care plan, according research by the New York State Hospital Association and the University at Albany.
Studies show that when people who have physical disabilities are being cared for at nursing homes with the proper care, they live longer and live longer, and those who have disabilities are less likely to need nursing home services, according The New York Times.
The group is encouraging people to use the nursing services at their own risk, and not to rely on a nursing agency to care for them.
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