Ben Cardin

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Among a variety of key responsibilities, LTC pharmacies are accountable for compliance with increasingly complex medication and care management regimes.

Medicare doc payment bill doesn't 'fix' therapy caps

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The historic repeal of the "doc fix" this week left about equal numbers of stakeholders relieved and disappointed. Among the most crestfallen: Therapy providers who were hoping for Congress to finally repeal Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps.

Therapy payment bills supported during AHCA/NCAL fly-in

Therapy payment bills supported during AHCA/NCAL fly-in

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National long-term care industry advocates and numerous facility representatives made the rounds in the halls of Congress on Wednesday in support of legislation designed to permanently end nearly two decades-old therapy caps and improve short-term data collection efforts they say have caused undue administrative burdens on providers and patients.

Long-term care pharmacy association presses Congress for flat-fee prescribing

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Nearly 500 long-term care pharmacies signed a letter urging Congress to prohibit certain Medicare reimbursement practices, the Senior Care Pharmacy Alliance announced Thursday.

Senate bill would prohibit certain types of payments to long-term care pharmacies

Senate bill would prohibit certain types of payments to long-term care pharmacies

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Medicare prescription drug plan sponsors (PDPs) would be barred from using certain payment structures to long-term care pharmacies under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Chances of sequester deal look slim after Senate Democrats unveil proposal

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A Democratic proposal to replace the sweeping automatic spending cuts known as the sequester appears unlikely to pass the Senate, leading lawmakers and political observers to predict the $85 billion in cuts will take effect as scheduled on March 1.

Laws and policies in focus next week for LTC therapy and ancillary services providers

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A keynote address by Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will highlight opening day of the annual winter Legislative and Regulatory Conference of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care.

Cardin amendment would work to expand assisted living residents' access to prescription drugs

Assisted living providers and advocates are cheering this week after Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced an amendment to the healthcare reform bill that seeks to improve some assisted living residents' access to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and Medicaid benefits.