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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."
Blair Jackson is the new vice president of public affairs at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The National Quality Forum has endorsed the PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalization measure, the company and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living announced today.
Operators should be able to offer free or discounted rides to the loved ones of residents being transported to skilled care facilities, asserts a letter from the American Health Care Association.
Following victories such as the newly signed IMPACT Act, provider advocates now will be more aggressive on Capitol Hill, leaders of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living said at their annual convention last month in Washington, D.C.
Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals.
There's nothing like the first time you get to meet people, attend education sessions and see the exhibit hall at the American Health Care Association, as I found out last week. If you weren't there, you missed a lot.
By the end of the day Tuesday, after a week full of educational sessions, it took a lot to break through the clutter in my brain. That moment happened when Kyle Henderson made a slightly throw-away comment about some providers "investing in chefs, paying them $70-, $80-, $90,000. That's where we are seeing innovation in programming, because dining gives them a chance to impress three times a day."
A trio of national annual meetings for long-term care stakeholders will take place in the week ahead, and luckily for those wanting to attend, they'll all be at the same location. The American Health Care Association and its companion group, the National Center for Assisted Living, will hold its 65th annual convention in Sunday through Wednesday in Washington, D.C. In conjunction with those two groups' meetings, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care will be hold its 25th annual meeting Sunday through Tuesday, also at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in the District of Columbia.
The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to Senate leaders.
Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016. Providers have already achieved a 17.1% reduction since 2011.
Americans are the most worried about losing their eyesight as they age, poll says .... AHCA says MedPAC Chairman is 'spot-on' with three-day stay comments ... Medicare Advantage enrollment rises for fifth straight year, CMS says.
If there's a prevailing theme around the hours American Health Care Association senior fellow Elise Smith keeps, it's that they are constant.
AHCA announces Gold National Quality Award recipients ... Older adults' cognition peaks in the morning ... DNA alteration linked to Alzheimer's
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Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells CongressJune 16, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.
More than 400 long-term and post-acute care professionals from across the country completed meetings with their respective federal lawmakers Wednesday in Washington. The meetings were the conclusion of the annual Congressional Briefing event hosted by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living.
Top leaders and members of the American Health Care Association are setting final plans for the group's annual "Congressional Briefing." The gathering will take place May 20-21 in Washington, where providers will be encouraged to meet their federal lawmakers face-to-face to discuss important policy issues. Attendees will receive issue updates from AHCA staffers and key members of Congress, and hear from keynote speaker Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Washington Post.
This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.
A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye-rolling over a MedPAC report. It gave me reason to sit up with interest. Even more unlikely, it contained information that made some long-term care providers happy.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed equalizing reimbursements for different post-acute providers but did not issue a formal recommendation at a meeting last week. This was the second time in recent months that MedPAC has taken up the topic of reimbursing skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the same level for certain services.
Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF careMarch 04, 2014
About 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced an adverse event during a post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility stay in fiscal year 2011, and the majority of these events were preventable, according to a newly released government report. Post-acute provider groups said many initiatives to lower this percentage already are underway.
Long-term care advocates anxious about the stalled Medicare claim appeals process were not soothed after a forum with government officials Wednesday. Last month, providers learned that new appeals to administrative law judges would not be heard for at least two years.