Cynthia Morton

LTC providers: Senate vote to kill 'skinny' healthcare bill 'the right move' for residents

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Provider groups exhaled Friday following the death of a so-called "skinny repeal" healthcare bill that could have opened the door to Medicaid funding cuts.

Experts argue court didn't go far enough in new 'Jimmo' case mandate

Experts argue court didn't go far enough in new 'Jimmo' case mandate

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While pleased with a court decision mandating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should do better in explaining maintenance coverage under the landmark Jimmo case, leading long-term care experts said more can be done.

Providers should expect 'disruption' but are ready for Five Star changes, Parkinson says

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Coming changes to the Five Star rating system for nursing homes will "cause some disruption," but many long-term care providers already are on track, according to American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson.

AHCA applauds Senate passage of IMPACT Act

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The Senate approved the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, drawing praise from the American Health Care Association and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care.

Providers rip huge backlog of therapy claims reviews

Providers rip huge backlog of therapy claims reviews

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A provider-sponsored survey recently uncovered huge backlogs of therapy claim reviews for beneficiaries who exceeded the Medicare Part B caps limits.

'Doc fix' bill calls attention to need for therapy fix, NASL leader says

'Doc fix' bill calls attention to need for therapy fix, NASL leader says

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Provider groups are urging lawmakers to address outpatient therapy payments in addition to fixes to Medicare's physician payment system, according to Cynthia Morton, executive vice president of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care.

MedPAC's rate cut plan will harm care, operators: NASL

MedPAC's rate cut plan will harm care, operators: NASL

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Resident care would suffer if Congress acts on the latest recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, long-term care advocates say.

Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps

Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps

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Resident care would suffer and providers would shoulder a larger burden if Congress acts on the latest recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, advocates for the long-term care sector say.

CMS to revise audit practices

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Here's the good news for providers dealing with Recovery Audit Program contractors: The federal government will make fewer additional document requests, starting this month. Now the not-so-good news: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not slow down other components of the auditing program.

RAC transition: Fewer document requests but no slowing of therapy reviews, CMS says

RAC transition: Fewer document requests but no slowing of therapy reviews, CMS says

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Providers will see fewer Additional Document Requests starting in June, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services transitions to new Recovery Audit Program contracts. CMS has started the contract procurement process by issuing a request for quotes through the General Services Administration, according to a Medicare newsletter released Thursday.

CMS explains therapy cap notification requirement, but more guidance needed, NASL leader says

CMS explains therapy cap notification requirement, but more guidance needed, NASL leader says

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A recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid memorandum provides some clarity regarding new therapy cap notification rules, but providers still need guidance on other aspects of therapy reimbursement, according to Cynthia Morton, executive vice president of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care.

Regulators outline new process for manual medical review of therapy claims

Regulators outline new process for manual medical review of therapy claims

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Officials from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday clarified how the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 will affect the therapy cap exceptions process.

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

Despite the mixed feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act among long-term care providers, all groups agree that they will be closely monitoring a case now headed to the Supreme Court. The high court said Monday it would hear oral arguments on ACA's constitutionality in March.

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

A measure to terminate Medicare therapy caps will soon be introduced in Congress, a top association official said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast yesterday.

McKnight's Super Tuesdays kick off today

McKnight's Super Tuesdays kick off today

McKnight's Long-Term Care News is kicking off its Super Tuesdays webcast series today. Cynthia Morton, executive vice president of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, will be joining McKnight's editors during today's event.

New durable medical equipment bidding process ill suited to long-term care, Congress told

Structural flaws in the newly implemented durable medical equipment competitive bidding process have caused significant service interruptions and supply problems for residents in long-term care facilities, congressional staff heard at a briefing Tuesday.

New therapy rule could harm rehab patients in skilled nursing facilities, NASL says

New therapy rule could harm rehab patients in skilled nursing facilities, NASL says

Another long-term care organization took a swing at the new multiple procedure payment reduction policy, which affects Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities.

NASL names new executive director

The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) has tapped Cynthia Morton to be its new executive director, the organization said Friday.