Both houses of Congress now officially are considering bills to standardize assessments across various post-acute care provider types. The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees introduced companion versions of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014" Thursday, after releasing a draft in March.
Hospitals should not be required to collect patient assessment data as part of an effort to revamp post-acute care, the leader of the American Hospital Association argued in a recent letter to top Congressional lawmakers.
The full-time work force will lose roughly 2 million people overall by 2024 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to new figures from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report, released Tuesday, came one week after an expert told lawmakers that nursing home staff are among those most likely to have their hours reduced due to the ACA.
Skilled nursing operators often want the same treatment as hospitals. They might get their wish soon, though not necessarily in the way they hoped.
Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have threatened to subpoena federal health officials to gain access to public relations contracts related to the Affordable Care Act.
Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have accused the Department of Health and Human Services of overstepping its authority in implementing a controversial Medicare Advantage demonstration project.
Now that we know there will be an NFL season, fantasy football leagues are roaring into shape around the land. I would have loved to be in the "war room" to hear the give-and-take for drafting teams of another kind recently. That would be the Democrat and Republican teams for the Deficit Reduction Super Committee Bowl, er, negotiations. They're going to decide what is to be sacrificed on the way to $1.2 trillion or more in funding cuts over the next decade.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving Medicare Advantage plans $6.7 billion in quality bonuses to take the heat off service cuts authorized under the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press reported.
A number of Medicare beneficiary advocacy groups have voiced support for a plan from the Department of Health and Human Services to simplify the Medicare Part D program. They want to reduce the number of available plans.