The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has the option of terminating nursing homes from the Medicare and Medicaid programs that it deems harmful. But to say the government has been reluctant to do so would be an extreme understatement.
Now that the U.S. Senate has apparently decided to make healthcare somebody else's problem, I suggest keeping an eye on another pack of politicians: the governors.
If you see two providers having a pleasant conversation, it's unlikely they are discussing the joys of Medicaid -- or new regulations.
Make no mistake: Long-term care providers will take a victory wherever they can, and the Trump administration's move to rescind the Obama administration's ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements is a win with a capital "W."
The long-term care sector is reeling a bit, thanks to two recent developments.
It was unclear at press time whether Senate Republicans could reach 50 votes needed for passage of a controversial healthcare bill that would involve deep long-term cuts to Medicaid.
Providers who first thought they would be on uncommonly good footing with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House were stunned earlier this year when Medicaid reform was put on the table.
Senators sought middle ground in May over an Obamacare replacement bill and its ability to expand and fund Medicaid.
In a ruling that could create ripple effects on state Medicaid programs around the country, Nebraska's highest court decreed that the state may pursue payment from beneficiaries for room-and-board costs for skilled nursing stays.
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Senate Republicans headed into the long Memorial Day weekend determined to make progress on a bill to replace Obamacare, but some notable players were guarded, if not outright skeptical, that much could be accomplished soon.
With recent major funding proposals about Medicaid causing such a tizzy, it's fair to ask why the powers-that-be find Medicaid such a tempting piñata. There are two main drivers. But only one is usually mentioned in polite company.
The public dialogue surrounding repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has made little mention of the nuts and bolts of the legislation that would be lost when it is gone.
Skilled operators have been telling lawmakers and regulators that they are the cheapest post-acute care option out there, and it appears the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has not only heard the claim, but wants to take the industry up on it.
Almost all South Carolina nursing homes in dispute with the state over Medicaid processing have agreed to a proposed settlement, according to local reports.
Long-term care was never planned. It was never even consistently defined. A generally useful definition is that it is a set of services to assist persons who have lost, or never acquired, basic capabilities for self-care and management.
The long-term care industry's worst fears about what a Trump healthcare plan might contain have not just been met after last week's unveiling, they have been far exceeded.
It's interesting to see how this sector has generally responded to Donald Trump's recent presidential victory. In some quarters, demonstrators have taken to the streets. Others are predicting Armageddon. As for the long-term care sector's response? You might say the silence has been just about deafening. So was the field pulling for Trump all along?
A leader in the quest to increase long-term care insurance activity delivered a blow to its followers this week. The fallout might not be pretty.
Providers have long-enjoyed a like-hate relationship with Medicaid. Many operators view the program much as a circus trainer might eye a recently acquired wild animal: There's lots of potential, but danger too.
Nursing homes that take Medicaid beneficiaries or dual eligibles often know they are admitting low-income, chronically ill seniors. Now there is some good news: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will increase payments for dual eligibles enrolled in one of 12 state-administered demonstration programs.
With so many regulatory changes kicking in on Oct. 1, it's no wonder providers were likely too distracted to notice the latest "trick" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A leading nursing home advocate is mustering support to combat massive changes the administration has proposed for Medicare and Medicaid participation.
It was quite a week for ironic juxtaposition in the nation's capital.
The government plans to make new claims data and other resident-care information available to providers and entrepreneurs as never before. Is it too good to be true?
Huge numbers of dual-eligible beneficiaries are leaving a demonstration project that hopes to improve payments for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
A new report to Congress says more justification is needed for the $146 billion being spent on demonstration projects, most of which have not been clearly shown to further the objectives of the Medicaid program. Medicaid funds more than two-thirds of U.S. nursing home care.
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Medicaid provider payments are seriously hindered by limited data and "unclear policy," according to a new report to Congress that calls for greater oversight at numerous government-owned facilities where payments far exceed actual costs.