LAS VEGAS - The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking could bring a total overhaul of therapy payment rules and be in place as early as October 2018 in a "worse case scenario," an official with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living shared at the group's annual meeting on Tuesday.
The annual convention and expo of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living kicks off Sunday in Nashville. Dozens of educational sessions will offer long-term care professionals opportunities to earn continuing education credit and network with peers.
Q: Last month was the third AHCA/NCAL annual conference with you at the helm, and the healthcare landscape has become increasingly complex. Is there something simple providers can focus on?
Coming changes to the Five Star rating system for nursing homes will "cause some disruption," but many long-term care providers already are on track, according to American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson.
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What do you call a 77-year-old who has worked with — indeed BEEN one of — the most powerful people in the world, traveled the globe extensively, served his country with honor for decades and then charms, compliments and entertains you for over an hour — without the help of a teleprompter? The perfect keynote speaker for your conference, that's what.
Messages about how the long-term care sector exists to serve the neediest and most vulnerable can seem hollow here at the Gaylord National hotel, with its high-end steakhouse and a breathtaking glass atrium offering stunning Potomac River views.
Hey, did you hear the one about the long-term care conference that was scheduled on Christmas? Of course you didn't, because it would never happen.
Much like a parent raising a child — a topic on my mind this week as I send my oldest son to college — dedicated advocates have long encouraged long-term care providers to do the best they can. This week, there's evidence that the effort has paid off, in seeing how many providers earned honors from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.
Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.
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Skilled nursing providers and inpatient rehab facilities offer clashing views on Medicare payments as Congress hears testimonyJune 19, 2014
Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's largest long-term care association at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides sought to sway legislators in advance of a Congressional hearing Wednesday.
Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulationMay 21, 2014
Long-term care providers have earned exceptional credibility in the halls of Congress and now have a golden opportunity to push for more favorable policies, high-profile lawmakers and leaders of the nation's largest provider association told an audience in Washington yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were among the speakers at the briefing for American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living members, who are in the nation's capital for two days of meetings with legislators.
Both the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Health Care Association will host major meetings in the coming week. For ALFA, it's the group's annual meeting, which will take place from Monday through Thursday in Phoenix. AHCA will entertain members on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington for the group's annual Capitol Hill briefing.
As many of you know, this is long-term care conference season, which means having a quality smartphone is essentially a must. Since my old phone could best be described as "temperamental," before I headed to AHCA/NCAL I picked up the new Motorola Moto X Android. This phone is so amazing I keep waiting for it to do my laundry. But in the meantime, it makes it tons easier to shoot off emails, use Twitter, shoot video and edit stories. Most importantly, the new phone has Tetris.
In the two years since an 11% reimbursement cut hit skilled nursing facilities, providers have regrouped and have achieved modest successes, the president of the nation's largest nursing home association told his group's members Monday at its 64th annual convention.
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The AHCA/NCAL Convention App is available for download on mobile devices, the organization said. The national convention will be Oct. 6-9 in Phoenix.
There's an informal nickname that describes the many acronyms being used in healthcare these days: alphabet soup. We may have just experienced an Olympic record for it.
Vivian Tellis-Nayak, Ph.D., and Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MP, are the 2013 recipients of the American Health Care Association's Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award.
With mere months to make progress on the deep issues facing the long-term care industry, the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission held its first official meeting Thursday. LTC stakeholders issued statements following the meeting focused on what the group might accomplish, declining to dwell on potential roadblocks it faces.
The American Health Care Association on Monday launched a weeklong ad blitz that brings the industry's concerns with possible Medicare funding cuts straight to the nation's lawmakers — and their staff members.
Within hours of President Barack Obama winning a second term, major long-term care association groups were asking him and Congress to reform Medicare and Medicaid policy.
AHCA convention attendees urged to rise up in face of looming funding cuts; better moderate use of antipsychoticsOctober 09, 2012
Long-term care providers were given the truth during the opening session of the 63rd annual convention of the American Health Care Association: More funding cuts are on the way. Among the other hot topics discussed during educational sessions Monday at the Tampa Convention Center were the use of antipsychotics and avoidable rehospitalizations.
A new study shows that long-term care claim severity and loss rates have grown 4% each year since 2009, and the liability costs per bed is expected to be $1,540 by next year.
On the eve of a scheduled repeal vote on the Affordable Care Act, American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living members will visit lawmakers during their 2012 Congressional Briefing on July 9 and 10. Congressmen scheduled to speak are Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). The featured speaker is Atlantic Media's Political Director Ronald Brownstein. Apart from visits to Capitol Hill, events will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The official sponsor of the event is Medline.
Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group saysJune 28, 2012
While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don't comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight's.
Federal officials unveiled a medication reduction initiative with an ambitious goal: trimming antipsychotic drug use among residents by 15% this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Partnership to Improve Dementia Care follows up on industry groups, consumer advocates and legislators' increased scrutiny on antipsychotics.
Pushing for less drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, more than 400 long-term care operators visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday as part of the American Health Care Association's annual Congressional Briefing.
Paul Willging, Ph.D., the former long-time president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living and CEO, died Saturday at age 69. He had cancer.