General Financial Information
Vi Nodland, 307.682.4709, ext. 113
There are several ways to pay for expenses in the long-term care facility.
The following are general explanations, and do not contain all the information
you need to know. You must contact the persons responsible for each program
for guidelines, rules of eligibility and documentation needs.
Your Monthly Bill
This facility accepts Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, workers compensation
claims and many private insurance carriers. Ask the Business Office about
specific payment methods we accept.
The Business Office keeps a record of all bills and charges. The daily
rate includes room and board, nursing care, meals, laundry and most activities.
Refer to the admission agreement for specific terms and charges. The Business
Office staff and Administrator are available for any questions you may
have. We recommend setting up an appointment prior to admission to discuss
your financial arrangements.
Discharge planning begins on the day of admission. The discharge plan
is a joint effort coordinated by your healthcare team.
Our goal from the time of admission is to help each resident reach his
or her highest level of function. The resident's plan of care is an
ongoing process up to the day of discharge. Residents and families are
invited to attend care conferences at given intervals throughout your
stay at our facility.
The goal-oriented plan involves the resident, family and facility staff
working together to reach the resident's greatest level of independence.
This treatment plan is based on the strengths, needs, desires and safety
of each individual resident.
If a person has the personal resources, they can be admitted to the long
term care facility as a private pay resident. A copy of our private pay
rates are available from facility staff. Payments are expected 30 days
in advance for room charges. Medications and other charges are billed
at the end of each month. Every resident is evaluated for their particular
level of care using an Activities of Daily Living Score, and are charged
a daily rate accordingly. The rate sheet also includes costs for private
rooms, and what is included in the daily rate.
If you anticipate being a private pay resident, we can work with you to
complete the necessary financial responsibility papers, and admission
can be arranged as soon as all other criteria is met. This includes having
an appropriate room available, having a local physician, and confirming
that the necessary equipment is in place.
Medicare covers long term care costs only in very specific situations.
It is short-term and limited to those residents who are recovering from
a specific trauma. Medicare does not cover costs longer than 100 days
in any situation. Therefore, do not rely on Medicare coverage to provide
nursing home care beyond a possible short recovery period.
If you expect Medicare coverage for your stay, the Social Services representative
will explain the time limitations involved. Since Medicare is limited
in scope and time, you will be urged to make "back-up" arrangements
for the time that Medicare ends. This is not a concern if you are discharged
at the end of Medicare coverage, but if you are not ready to return home,
you will need the reassurance that your expenses are being covered.
This option is only available to certain veterans with service-connected
disabilities, through a specific contract with a Veteran's Administration
Medical Center. Generally this option is time-limited.
If you have an established relationship with a Veteran's Affairs Medical
Center, we can communicate directly with their Social Service and Financial
staff concerning your care and admission dates.
Medicaid is a federally funded program, however, every state has its own
set of rules and eligibility criteria. Contact the Department of Family
Services at 307.682.7277 to apply for Medicaid coverage. Eligibility is
determined through an assessment of your medical and financial status.
Campbell County Public Health staff, through the completion of a form
called an LT101, determines your medical eligibility.
Medicaid applications may take some time to complete. Therefore, if you
anticipate a nursing home admission in the near future, it will be well
worth your time to start work immediately on the financial arrangements
to assure adequate financial coverage upon admission.