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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.

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

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A bill linking skilled nursing facilities' Medicare payments to hospital readmissions passed the House of Representatives Thursday, through a voting method that provoked outrage from some legislators. The measure also would extend the ICD-10 transition period and prevent a looming physician pay cut.

 Long-term care providers, physicians at loggerheads over pace of doctor payment reform

Long-term care providers, physicians at loggerheads over pace of doctor payment reform

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Long-term care and physician groups may be headed for an impasse when it comes to fixing Medicare's system for paying doctors.

Long-term care provider, worker groups weigh in on GOP immigration principles

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A statement of principles for immigration reform issued by Republicans in the House of Representatives is a good sign of potential legislative progress on this issue, long-term care provider and labor groups said Friday.

No way to fix staffing

No way to fix staffing

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It's no secret that our nation's long-term care facilities need additional caregivers. More than 43,000 direct care staff positions remain unfilled, according to figures from the American Health Care Association.

Strange ways to deal with long-term care's staffing challenge

Strange ways to deal with long-term care's staffing challenge

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It's no secret that our nation's long-term care facilities need additional caregivers. More than 43,000 direct care staff positions remain unfilled, according to figures from the American Health Care Association.

Anticipated Obama budget would hurt healthcare for seniors, critics say

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Substantial Medicare cuts will be on the table after the White House budget is released Wednesday, administration officials have indicated. The proposed budget is expected to include about $400 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years.

Obama recommits to preserving Medicare in coming sequester battle

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President Barack Obama reaffirmed his vow to protect Medicare in the fight over sequestration spending cuts last week.

Medicare, Medicaid fight could take center stage after debt ceiling extension

Medicare, Medicaid fight could take center stage after debt ceiling extension

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Medicare and Medicaid funds could face steep cuts in the House of Representatives' 2014 budget. GOP congressional leaders have promised dramatic spending reductions to rally conservative support for a three-month extension of the nation's debt ceiling without the condition of spending cuts. With a debt ceiling extension approved, legislators likely would tackle sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect March 1.

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, even if nobody seems to know what that means

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, even if nobody seems to know what that means

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As late as Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated he still would like to upend Obamacare. But he really needs to find a less frustrating way to spend his working hours.

Nursing home alliance 'pleased' with Obama and Boehners' focus on fiscal ills

Nursing home alliance 'pleased' with Obama and Boehners' focus on fiscal ills

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The leader of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care expressed optimism Friday after President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke publicly about looming healthcare funding threats.

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

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Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.

Physician pay cut uncertainty could crash Medicare computer system, official warns

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has warned that its computer systems could crash due to a backlog of claims unless Congress acts to prevent a scheduled 27.4% physician pay cut.

GOP-controlled House sets sights on health reform repeal

GOP-controlled House sets sights on health reform repeal

Republican members of the new 112th Congress, which convenes Wednesday, have put a total repeal of President Obama's health care reform bill at the top of their agenda.

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives is urging House leaders to extend a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage, which helps fund nursing homes and other Medicaid programs.

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.

A big night for healthcare reform

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Sunday evening marked the turning point for the passage of healthcare reform. After the turmoil of the past year, you almost have to pinch yourself to believe it.

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