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Providers' payments tied to readmissions

Providers' payments tied to readmissions

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President Barack Obama signed legislation that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018.

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

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A measure President Barack Obama signed into law does a lot more for doctors than it does for long-term care operators.

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

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Both houses of Congress now have passed legislation to tie skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening. Prominent long-term care provider associations LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living supported the bill.

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

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For many long-term care operators, labor relations might soon get even more challenging. And Senate Republicans are to blame, er, thank.

Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

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The U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would strengthen regulations for antipsychotic use in nursing homes, despite overwhelmingly passing a bill it was attached to on Thursday.

Top Democrats opposed to Obama administration position on Medicaid lawsuits

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have parted ways with the Obama administration regarding the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue their states over discontinuation of benefits and access to care.

Lieberman and Coburn propose increases to Medicare premiums, eligibility age

A new plan to change Medicare would raise the eligibility age to 67 and boost premiums for current beneficiaries, saving the federal government an estimated $600 billion over the next decade.

Senators plan to vote this week on bill extending Medicaid assistance to states

Senators plan to vote this week on bill extending Medicaid assistance to states

The Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would provide $26.1 billion in education funding and Medicaid assistance to states.

Medicaid funding for states still in play after last week's defeats

Medicaid funding for states still in play after last week's defeats

Despite back-to-back defeats on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he has no plans to table debate on an extenders bill containing nearly $25 billion in additional Medicaid funds for states.

Senate proposal would make visas for some foreign workers harder to attain

Some Democrats in the Senate are considering an overhaul to the nation's rules when it comes to hiring foreign workers for "specialty occupations," including some occupations in the healthcare field.

Lawmakers playing nice? Ha! April Fools'!

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It's April Fish Day again, and I think we could all use a little bit of levity.

Senate takes out therapy caps, physician pay provisions from jobs bill

Senate takes out therapy caps, physician pay provisions from jobs bill

Just hours after unveiling a jobs bill that would extend the therapy caps exceptions process and delay a pay cut for Medicare physicians, Senate leaders last week scrapped it in favor of a bill that contains neither of those provisions.

Providers try to quash Medicare payment board proposal

Providers try to quash Medicare payment board proposal

A group of 74 healthcare groups, including the two major nursing home associations, urged congressional leaders this week to drop the Independent Payment Advisory Board proposal from healthcare reform legislation.

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

The Employee Free Choice Act is, at least for the time being, off the table, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) told the crowd at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday.

House, Senate leaders back away from August deadline for healthcare reform

House, Senate leaders back away from August deadline for healthcare reform

President Barack Obama's August deadline for healthcare reform was always an ambitious goal. Ultimately, it is proving a little too difficult to achieve as legislators on the Hill Thursday said they plan to regroup after the upcoming recess.

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