Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Kindred buys Centerre Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare has completed the previously announced acquisition of Centerre Healthcare Corporation for approximately $195 million in cash.

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.

Rehab providers offer study results to argue against site-neutral payments

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Patients generally have better clinical outcomes and live longer if they are treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility, according to a study commissioned by the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. The findings show why IRFs should be reimbursed at a higher Medicare rate than SNFs, the trade association argued when releasing the results Tuesday.

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed equalizing reimbursements for different post-acute providers but did not issue a formal recommendation at a meeting last week. This was the second time in recent months that MedPAC has taken up the topic of reimbursing skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the same level for certain services.

MedPAC focuses on rehab

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission could be getting closer to formally recommending more uniform payments to skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

MedPAC shows enthusiasm for equalizing SNF, inpatient rehab facility payments

MedPAC shows enthusiasm for equalizing SNF, inpatient rehab facility payments

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More uniform reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities could be implemented soon, policy analysts recently told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tested the concept in 2006, after developing a patient assessment tool that could be used in both settings.

Renovating for rehab

Renovating for rehab

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A renovated facility is now in harmony with its surroundings, offering residents tranquility and motivation during their rehabilitation.

Murray, Ryan begin budget negotiations as long-term care providers analyze White House plan

Murray, Ryan begin budget negotiations as long-term care providers analyze White House plan

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) met Wednesday to discuss budget negotiations. The architects of the House and Senate budgets had a "constructive discussion" and are "working to find common ground," according to a joint statement. Medicare funding is one major roadblock to an agreement.

CMS updates quality indicator reporting requirements, gives rehab facilities a payment boost

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Federal officials announced two updated quality indicator submission requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) on Thursday.

CBO: market-basket freeze for skilled nursing could add up to billions in savings

The federal government can expect to save roughly $26 billion in Medicare costs over 10 years in part by freezing the market-basket update for skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2010, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Medicare beneficiaries with several ADLs cost more, report finds

Medicare beneficiaries who require assistance with three or more activities of daily living account for up to one-quarter of all Medicare Part A and B spending. This despite the fact they constitute only 7% of the Medicare population, according to a new analysis.

SNF rates should remain unchanged in 2010, MedPAC says

SNF rates should remain unchanged in 2010, MedPAC says

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) last week recommended a freeze on reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation centers for fiscal year 2010.

Medicare payments to nursing facilities may stay same in FY 2010

Medicare payments to nursing facilities may stay same in FY 2010

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) may recommend to Congress that skilled nursing facilities not receive a Medicare payment update in fiscal year 2010.