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Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

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One of the more interesting aspects of the epic battle over the tax reform bill has been this sector's response. One major long-term care organization continues to blast proposed changes while the other has remained largely silent.

Top execs gather at AHCA conference

Leaders of some of the most influential skilled nursing providers in the country will gather to discuss legislative and regulatory affairs and plot lobbying strategies Nov. 8-10 in Marana, AZ.

Two dozen senators ask HHS for delay of requirements of participation

Two dozen senators ask HHS for delay of requirements of participation

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With just over one month to go before the regulations kick in, a group of senators has sent a letter to federal health officials asking for a delay of Phase 2 of the requirements of participation.

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy.

More than 100 lawmakers urge CMS to rethink long-term care requirements

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More than 120 House Representatives have joined in signing a letter that asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to "re-evaluate" the requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

Las Vegas hosts LTC blockbuster conferences this weekend

Three of the most important long-term care associations will hold their annual conferences in Las Vegas, starting this weekend and extending through Wednesday. Events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

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The American Health Care Association is throwing its weight behind lawmakers' efforts to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise the upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

AHCA/NCAL conference to proceed as scheduled Oct. 15-18

The annual meeting of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living will take place as scheduled, Oct. 15-18 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort, officials announced.

When no comment says a lot: A tale for nursing homes and hospitals

When no comment says a lot: A tale for nursing homes and hospitals

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One should never forget that some of the most brutal fights occur between brothers or sisters.

Gear up for another healthcare payment fight

Gear up for another healthcare payment fight

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Watching the GOP try to force through its latest healthcare reform plan, which would once again hit Medicaid hard, I was reminded of something my mother used to jokingly say: "It's like deja vu all over again."

Winning with the help of Trump

Winning with the help of Trump

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When the American Health Care Association sued the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last year, my assessment was that it might win the literal battle, but lose the hearts and minds of consumers.

Nursing homes' 1% Medicare pay increase 'unlikely' to cover costs, expert warns

Providers expressed gratitude Tuesday at a 1% increase from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing services, even as it braced for quality measure implementation.

Congressmen, AHCA/NCAL leaders to address 'fly-in' visitors

State execs, providers and other top long-term care leaders will visit their members of Congress during the American Health Care Association's Congressional "fly-in" event Monday and Tuesday.

AHCA puts 'no limits' on 2nd annual Quality Summit

The second annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit is preparing to go all out March 6-8 in Orlando, FL. All-day in-depth sessions, town hall discussions, LED talks and more await attendees.

Getting to gold

Getting to gold

APRC has always focused on quality improvement; it's part of our culture.

Profile: Tom Coble

Profile: Tom Coble

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At the end of February 1993, Tom Coble was working on offshore natural gas delivery in the Gulf of Mexico. By March 1, he was sitting behind a desk at a nursing home.

Rare long-term care double win

Rare long-term care double win

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So much for the dog days of summer getting close. Long-term care advocates were already at full woof on Tuesday — and that's a good thing.

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

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Increasing staff stability, adopting a customer satisfaction questionnaire, reducing unintended healthcare outcomes, reducing hospital readmissions, improving discharges to the community, and adopting functional outcome measurements are the focus of the next round of quality improvement for the American Health Care Association.

AHCA previews new quality metric announcement

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The American Health Care Association is expected to announce today six new quality metrics, some of which raise the bar on nursing home staff turnover and hospital readmissions.

Also in the News for Friday, April 24

Convicted nursing home killer says evidence destroyed .... Rhode Island zeroing in on Medicaid reimbursements ... AHCA lends support for Veterans Access bill ... Assisted living caregiver charged with raping resident

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

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A top nursing home advocate on Thursday urged killing a bill calling for the bundling of Medicare payments for post-acute care services.

AHCA/NCAL joins Aging2.0

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has joined the Aging2.0 Alliance.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

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When he's not busy working to improve the quality of life of residents at Sunrise Senior Living's more than 300 assisted living communities, Ed McMahon, Ph.D., can often be found perfecting his recipe for mulligatawny soup or planning his next trip overseas with Wade, his husband of 30 years.

Also in the News for Friday, April 3

AHCA supports MedPAC vote on three-day stay policy ... CMS issues guidance on biosimilars, including for Medicare Part B ... HHS chief technology officer retiring ... Florida Dems push for Medicaid expansion

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

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As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.

Bill would credit observation stays toward 'three-night rule'

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A bill introduced in Congress on Monday would count all time that Medicare beneficiaries spend under hospital "observation" status toward the three-day inpatient requirement necessary to receive Medicare coverage for nursing home care.

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

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Leaders of the nation's two largest long-term care associations spoke favorably Monday about a bill that would improve Medicare physician pay rates while moderately restricting LTC pay. In fact, the head the American Health Care Association said the group will "enthusiastically support" a bill that would end the "doc fix" issue, provided the final language is what it expects.

Debate on permanent doc fix rages on

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Long-term care leaders continue to brace this week for news about any new plans to pay Medicare physicians, which might siphon pay from seniors' caregivers. Medicare physicians face a 21% pay cut at the end of the month if lawmakers don't find an alternative, which most thing they will.

AHCA pitches 'permanent' therapy payment system

AHCA pitches 'permanent' therapy payment system

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Nursing homes' biggest national ally and advocate is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week in an effort to convince Congress to let die a lengthy experiment to withhold therapy claims while it roots out fraud.

Operators brace for pared down ratings

Operators brace for pared down ratings

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Providers were gearing up at press time to explain to their staff and residents' family members what a newly rebased federal quality measurement scale would mean.