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Obama's plan for tort reform may include 'apology legislation'

Obama's plan for tort reform may include 'apology legislation'

President Obama this week publicly ruled out capping malpractice lawsuit awards as an approach to medical liability reform. His track record on the issue indicates he may be more open to ideas such as "apology legislation," or focusing on the reduction of preventable medical errors, according to one news outlet.

Kennedy unveils sweeping healthcare reform bill with long-term care provisions

Kennedy unveils sweeping healthcare reform bill with long-term care provisions

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on Tuesday released a massive healthcare reform bill that includes long-awaited provisions for long-term care services and supports.

Amid healthcare reform frenzy, AAHSA continues push for long-term care reform

Amid healthcare reform frenzy, AAHSA continues push for long-term care reform

Despite concerns that potential healthcare reform legislation will exclude a long-term care piece, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging is keeping the pressure on lawmakers to consider providers' needs.

Editors' Blog: Holding back the hounds on LTC reform

Something was missing Thursday when providers stormed Capitol Hill: A flag bearer for long-term care reform.

Nursing home lobbyists urge lawmakers for change but don't expect long-term care reform

Nursing home lobbyists urge lawmakers for change but don't expect long-term care reform

Hundreds of nursing home owners and operators blitzed congressional buildings in Washington on Thursday, pressing lawmakers for better Medicare payments, a halt to post-acute payment bundling system talk and other improvements. But one thing they weren't expecting to make much progress on was long-term care reform.

AAHSA report: Americans think healthcare reform should include long-term care

AAHSA report: Americans think healthcare reform should include long-term care

Most Americans believe that long-term care services and supports should be a part of any upcoming healthcare reform, according to the results of a new survey from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

States using Medicaid stimulus funding to fill budget gaps, report finds

States using Medicaid stimulus funding to fill budget gaps, report finds

A draft report released from a House committee minority Wednesday finds that eight states likely are diverting Medicaid stimulus funding away from healthcare providers, such as nursing homes. Instead, they may be using it to fill budget holes.

Leaders applaud Finance Committee's hearing on long-term care reform

Providers heaped praise on the Senate Finance Committee for its hearing Wednesday addressing the role of long-term care reform in general healthcare reform.

Provider groups oppose MedPAC recommendation for FY 2010 nursing home rate freeze

Provider groups oppose MedPAC recommendation for FY 2010 nursing home rate freeze

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended to Congress Tuesday that skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities not receive a reimbursement rate increase for fiscal year 2010. The recommendation angered nursing home providers.

Ferrini named 'Medical Director of the Year'

Rebecca Ferrini, the full-time medical director at Edgemoor Hospital in Santee, CA, was honored Friday as the 2009 Medical Director of the Year by the profession's main association.

Arbitration act 'bad public policy,' NCAL's Kyllo says

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living have voiced opposition to the recently reintroduced Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act. Members of both the House and Senate have submitted the legislation for congressional consideration.

Kansas nursing home association backs Sebelius for HHS nominee

Kansas nursing home association backs Sebelius for HHS nominee

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D), who has emerged as the front-runner as nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has earned the support of a nursing home association in her state.

House passes Silver Alert Act, arbitration act reintroduced

House passes Silver Alert Act, arbitration act reintroduced

The ball is back in the U.S. Senate's court on the issue of financing a system to help find missing seniors. The House last week passed the National Silver Alert Act (H.R. 632), which would establish an infrastructure for alerting both law enforcement and the public when a senior goes missing.

Obama reiterates need to pass economic stimulus bill

Obama reiterates need to pass economic stimulus bill

As the Senate works to amend the economic stimulus bill, President Obama has indicated that he will go only so far in compromising with Republican critics of the legislation.

Nursing home groups offer solutions for U.S. economic recovery

Nursing home groups offer solutions for U.S. economic recovery

Expanding its labor pool and accessing capital to fund construction projects are two ways the long-term care field can stimulate U.S. economic recovery, the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care said Thursday.

Obama calls for Medicaid increase in stimulus package

Obama calls for Medicaid increase in stimulus package

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, both long-term care groups, praised President-elect Barack Obama Monday for promoting an economic-stimulus package that includes needed Medicaid funds for states.

Culinary, design competitions big hits at nursing home convention

Two new spectacles garnered special attention this week at the annual conference of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Philadelphia: The Chef Challenge and the Last Designer Standing competitions.

Yarwood: Five-star rating system, card-check legislation loom large

Yarwood: Five-star rating system, card-check legislation loom large

While the nursing home industry can be proud of its accomplishments in Washington over the last year, many challenges await. These include card-check legislation in Congress and a problematic five-star rating system, Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, said Monday at the 59th Annual Convention & Expo's Opening General Session in Nashville.

AHCA urges inclusion of FMAP increase in possible stimulus package

AHCA urges inclusion of FMAP increase in possible stimulus package

The American Health Care Association Monday called upon members of Congress to include a temporary increase to states' Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) in any stimulus package that may be passed this year.

Democrats discuss federal Medicaid increase as part of economic stimulus plan

Democrats discuss federal Medicaid increase as part of economic stimulus plan

How to jump-start the economy is a big topic these days. This week, Democrats returned to a familiar stimulus theme: increasing the share of federal Medicaid payments.

Nursing homes to pay for their own sprinklers, CMS says

It is estimated that almost one out of every 11 nursing homes do not contain a sprinkler system, between 20% and 30% do not have automatic sprinklers, and retrofitting will cost facilities roughly $850 million.

Providers to protest proposed Medicare cuts at House hearing today

Providers to protest proposed Medicare cuts at House hearing today

Members of the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care are planning to speak out against a proposed Medicare cut today during a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing.

Caregiver coalition protests CMS Medicare ruling

Caregiver coalition protests CMS Medicare ruling

Hands-on caregivers have added to the chorus of criticism against a newly issued proposed federal rule that would cut Medicare funding to nursing homes by $5 billion over the next five years. The funding cut would "undermine the growing complex care needs" of an increasingly sicker nursing home population, warned the leader of a caregiver coalition.

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Arbitration bill draws angst from provider association

Arbitration bill draws angst from provider association

One group was notably absent when the cheering erupted over the introduction of a bill that would ban arbitration agreements from nursing home admission contracts: providers.

Advocates laud Elder Justice Act

The Elder Justice Act (HR 1783) received a heap of accolades from senior care advocates and industry representatives at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.

'Transparency' bill rankles for-profits

'Transparency' bill rankles for-profits

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The for-profit long-term care community has been digesting a bitter tasting piece of proposed new legislation in recent weeks.

Uncle Sam's liquid courage

Uncle Sam's liquid courage

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In boardrooms and across kitchen tables, much hand wringing is taking place. At issue is whether the nation may be on the cusp of a recession, or maybe worse.

Bush cuts to hit California, New Jersey hardest

Nursing homes nationwide would face, on average, an $18.45 per-patient-day cut in Medicare assistance under President Bush's fiscal year 2009 budget proposal, a new analysis from the American Health Care Association shows.

Senator touts technology's benefits for seniors

Chair sensors, computer programs to test memory and other technology geared to seniors was up for discussion in a symposium hosted Wednesday by the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Medical Technology Caucus and the Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST).