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Providers support House push to expand veterans' healthcare options

Providers support House push to expand veterans' healthcare options

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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 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.

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

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The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

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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.

White House spending plan less than industry hoped for

White House spending plan less than industry hoped for

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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.

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

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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.

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

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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 groups applaud a pause in Medicare audits, urge permanent changes

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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.

'Patience is wearing thin' on Medicare appeals backlog, long-term care leader says

'Patience is wearing thin' on Medicare appeals backlog, long-term care leader says

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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.

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.

As cameras roll, providers raise hopes about hospital 'observation' stays

As cameras roll, providers raise hopes about hospital 'observation' stays

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It's been said for a long time that a picture is worth a thousand words. Moving pictures? Start multiplying the worth. Add some sound or speaking to those moving pictures, well now we're talking really, really big impact. Long-term care providers are hoping so.

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

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Long-term care provider associations focused on the big picture and counted blessings in response to legislative action in the last Congressional session of 2013.

MedPAC renews call for long-term care payment cuts, draws fire from providers

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended a 4% reduction in skilled nursing facility payments in 2016, prompting an outcry from providers.

Long-term care leaders support passage of budget deal

Long-term care leaders support passage of budget deal

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Prominent long-term care provider associations registered support for a bipartisan budget deal being considered by Congress this week, despite the fact that it would extend a period of reduced Medicare reimbursements.

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

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A nursing home operator with 100 beds can expect $194,000 in liability expenses in 2014, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association and Aon Global Risk Consulting.

AHCA leader: Progress made

AHCA leader: Progress made

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The leader of the nation's largest nursing home association trumpeted gains made over the last three years but also exhorted members to press for more change.

No time to rest for long-term care operators

No time to rest for long-term care operators

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Even before the fall convention season started, providers could be pretty sure about what grand messages they were going to hear from the big guys: Work hard, produce good records, make better networking connections. But that wasn't all.

AHCA will play offense to win reimbursement victories, new chief lobbyist says

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The nation's largest long-term care provider association will be proactive in the face of reimbursement threats, according to the organization's new lead lobbyist, Clifton Porter II.

AHCA/NCAL names new board leaders, Parkinson says providers' survival depends on quality improvement

AHCA/NCAL names new board leaders, Parkinson says providers' survival depends on quality improvement

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Leonard Russ will lead the American Health Care Association's Board of Governors as its new chairman, the organization has announced. The nation's largest long-term care provider association concluded its annual convention and expo yesterday.

Managed care contracts, surveys and success stories tackled at start of AHCA convention

Managed care contracts, surveys and success stories tackled at start of AHCA convention

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In the two years since an 11% reimbursement cut hit skilled nursing facilities, providers have regrouped and have achieved modest successes, the president of the nation's largest nursing home association told his group's members Monday at its 64th annual convention.

LTC Commission wins praise for recommendations, but some members say the group failed to complete mission

LTC Commission wins praise for recommendations, but some members say the group failed to complete mission

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Long-term care advocates have praised a set of recommendations issued by the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care, but some commissioners broke ranks, saying the panel did not fulfill its mandate.

Don't consolidate quality groups to regionals: AHCA

Don't consolidate quality groups to regionals: AHCA

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should not waver from its long-standing support of state-based quality improvement organizations, the American Health Care Association and nearly 50 other organizations have told government officials.

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider a higher market basket update for nursing homes due to improper calculations that could be costing providers, the American Health Care Association maintains.

Bold legislative proposals could prevent deep reimbursement cuts, AHCA leader says

Bold legislative proposals could prevent deep reimbursement cuts, AHCA leader says

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Long-term care providers are offering lawmakers policy ideas aligned with the changing healthcare landscape in the United States, in an effort to control costs and improve quality while avoiding slashed reimbursements, according to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association. The leader of the nation's largest long-term care provider organization spoke out this week for legislation based on $2 billion in savings through reduced hospital readmissions.

CMS should delay changing nursing home Medicare payments due to flawed calculations, AHCA says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should hold off on updating Medicare skilled nursing facility reimbursement rates due to potential problems in its calculation methods, the American Health Care Association stated Monday.

AHCA, Alliance merge to augment Hill clout

AHCA, Alliance merge to augment Hill clout

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The nation's largest nursing home association has re-absorbed an aggressive sub-group of large nursing home operators to create an even stronger lobbying organization for long-term care providers.

Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps

Provider groups protest MedPAC recommendations to reduce therapy caps

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Resident care would suffer and providers would shoulder a larger burden if Congress acts on the latest recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, advocates for the long-term care sector say.

AHCA members zero in on quality on Capitol Hill

AHCA members zero in on quality on Capitol Hill

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Providers will focus on promoting solutions to the "doc fix," bad debt and the observation stay loophole during visits with their Congressional representatives Tuesday. And they shouldn't forget the power of offering solutions to lawmakers who are constantly contending with gridlock, the head of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living said at the group's spring "fly-in" gathering.

Switch of nation's largest skilled nursing chain paves way for AHCA-Alliance merger

Switch of nation's largest skilled nursing chain paves way for AHCA-Alliance merger

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While many details of the merger of the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care are still being sorted out, one thing is clear: The agreement of nursing home giant HCR ManorCare and regional provider Medical Facilities of America (MFA) to join AHCA sealed the deal.

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

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The nation's two strongest long-term care provider lobbying groups are uniting to form a singular, more powerful voice, the pair announced Tuesday morning.

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