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CMS updates SNF Medicare manual to implement sequestration cuts

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the online Medicare Provider Reimbursement Manual, modifying instructions related to the 2% reimbursement reductions resulting from sequestration.

Freeze nursing home doctor pay for 10 years, replace Sustainable Growth Rate system, Senate Finance Committee told

Freeze nursing home doctor pay for 10 years, replace Sustainable Growth Rate system, Senate Finance Committee told

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Medicare rates for physician visits to nursing homes should be frozen for 10 years as the government replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate system, a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission official advised the Senate Finance Committee.

Court ruling opens door for providers to seek reimbursement for Medicare bad debts

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Providers may be reimbursed for Medicare beneficiaries' bad debts even after sending them to a collection agency, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.

Regardless of fiscal cliff outcome, funding cuts loom

Regardless of fiscal cliff outcome, funding cuts loom

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We're hearing much out of Washington these days about the looming fiscal cliff. Assessments about its impact run the gamut from no big deal to very big deal. As is usually the case, the truth is probably somewhere in between

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

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Medicare cuts scheduled to hit in January will cost skilled nursing facilities close to $800 million in fiscal year 2014, a new analysis estimates.

Ten states to absorb majority of Medicare bad debt funding cuts, report finds

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Bad debt provisions of recent legislation will cut skilled nursing facility payments by nearly $3 billion between 2012 and 2021, with a handful of states bearing the brunt of it, a report finds.

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

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President Obama has signed legislation that delays a pay cut for doctors treating Medicare patients. That comes as good news for physicians, but not so much for nursing facilities.

Obama budget calls for Medicare cuts for SNFs, penalizes rehospitalizations

Obama budget calls for Medicare cuts for SNFs, penalizes rehospitalizations

While President Obama's proposed 2013 budget contains expected Medicare cuts, long-term care groups have expressed their disappointment. Among other proposals, the American Health Care Association criticized a provision of the budget that would "align Medicare policy more closely with private sector standards by reducing bad debt payments to 25% for all eligible providers over three years starting in 2013."

As states cut Medicaid funds, nursing home group proposes bad debt fix

Forty states have either frozen or cut Medicaid-financed nursing home care for seniors between 2009 and 2011, a new survey has found.

GOP bill discounting Medicare bad debt ignites skilled nursing backlash

GOP bill discounting Medicare bad debt ignites skilled nursing backlash

Advocates for skilled nursing operators started a counteroffensive Monday in Washington to fight bad-debt provisions of a new House GOP spending bill. Introduced Friday, the bill asks skilled nursing operators to absorb more than $4.5 billion of $10 billion in bad debt losses.

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