Legislation that would make it easier for long-term care providers to enter into care agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs was introduced in the House on Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living are urging the U.S. Senate to act quickly on a potentially historic bill for establishing Medicare rates for doctors.
As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.
Leaders of the nation's two largest long-term care associations spoke favorably Monday about a bill that would improve Medicare physician pay rates while moderately restricting LTC pay. In fact, the head the American Health Care Association said the group will "enthusiastically support" a bill that would end the "doc fix" issue, provided the final language is what it expects.
National long-term care industry advocates and numerous facility representatives made the rounds in the halls of Congress on Wednesday in support of legislation designed to permanently end nearly two decades-old therapy caps and improve short-term data collection efforts they say have caused undue administrative burdens on providers and patients.
Providers were gearing up at press time to explain to their staff and residents' family members what a newly rebased federal quality measurement scale would mean.
Leaders at the American Health Care Association said Monday they plan to keep the momentum going and further curb antipsychotic use in nursing homes after learning that a nearly 20% three-year decline exceeded their own expectations.
Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."
The National Quality Forum has endorsed the PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalization measure, the company and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living announced today.
Q: Last month was the third AHCA/NCAL annual conference with you at the helm, and the healthcare landscape has become increasingly complex. Is there something simple providers can focus on?
Following victories such as the newly signed IMPACT Act, provider advocates now will be more aggressive on Capitol Hill, leaders of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living said at their annual convention last month in Washington, D.C.
Long-term care leaders were on hand as President Barack Obama signed the IMPACT Act into law on Oct. 6.
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.
Messages about how the long-term care sector exists to serve the neediest and most vulnerable can seem hollow here at the Gaylord National hotel, with its high-end steakhouse and a breathtaking glass atrium offering stunning Potomac River views.
American HealthTech is holding its annual user conference this week, where it is unveiling its AHT Work Center.
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.
Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016. Providers have already achieved a 17.1% reduction since 2011.
PointRight Inc. is holding its first AnalyticsEdge Symposium, a client conference, Wednesday through Friday in Boston.
If there's a prevailing theme around the hours American Health Care Association senior fellow Elise Smith keeps, it's that they are constant.
When is a meager pay hike viewed as welcome news? When the source of that increase — namely, the federal government — seems intent on making cuts almost everywhere else.
Providers recently applauded a large bipartisan effort to expand veteran's healthcare options for long-term and post-acute care.
Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells CongressJune 16, 2014
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.
The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.
Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.
In every White House budget, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for providers, long-term care again falls into the latter category. All told, President Obama's $3.9 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2015 would cut funding for healthcare by $402 billion over the next decade.
A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye-rolling over a MedPAC report. It gave me reason to sit up with interest. Even more unlikely, it contained information that made some long-term care providers happy.
The White House's proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation's largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to "encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers."
Long-term care stakeholders are praising the government's decision to temporarily pause the recovery audit contractor program, which is associated with a huge backlog of Medicare claims appeals.
Long-term care advocates anxious about the stalled Medicare claim appeals process were not soothed after a forum with government officials Wednesday. Last month, providers learned that new appeals to administrative law judges would not be heard for at least two years.