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.
The Government Accountability Office last week released findings showing 5% of Medicaid-only eligible enrollees accounted for nearly 50% of the billions of government dollars paid in Medicaid-only eligible claims.
There are many benefits to communicating to your cohorts in neighboring states, and not the least of it may be knowing when a provider is kicked out of Medicaid.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a federal budget that promises to balance itself in nine years through billions of cuts in social programs and billions of extra dollars to defense.
Nursing homes with visiting physicians or providers would do well to uncover their troubled histories with Medicaid or Medicare programs in other states or face billing nightmares, and worse, federal scrutiny.
Managed care is not being warmly embraced by long-term care providers everywhere. Nearly 40 states are in various completion phases of transitioning to privatized Medicaid managed care systems, but Louisiana's nursing homes are defiantly resisting efforts there to have them join the party.
More than just collecting data, providers need to use standardized, nationally recognized measures. Especially in this era of ACOs and alternative payment models. In the past, many individual providers used their own methodology to create their own "data driven" story.
House and Senate Republican lawmakers began working on a budget this week that could propose slashing Medicare and Medicaid in an effort to work toward a balanced budget without fiddling with tax rates, according to published reports.
A new report produced for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concludes that Medicaid expansion provides a "win-win" for participating states and the government.
The White House Conference on Aging is collecting comments from long-term care stakeholders through a series of regional forums across the U.S. about their concerns regarding the future of Medicaid funding.
After giving the ruling a few days to sink in, several patient advocate groups now say a Supreme Court decision will end up hurting Medicaid beneficiaries more than anyone.
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The Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to Medicaid residential care providers on Tuesday in a ruling that prohibits them from suing for higher reimbursement to recoup escalating costs.
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Few have ever heard a federal budget referred to as a "moral document," as one GOP budget committee lawmaker described it on Tuesday. That's when the House unveiled a 10-year budget whose $5.5 trillion in cuts are likely to be called anything but "moral" when the long-term care industry finishes analyzing it.
A new report to Congress casts significant doubts on the integrity and effectiveness of information systems many state Medicaid programs use to process claims, and CMS has agreed with it its recommendation that they verify those systems when applying for Medicaid funds.
The NAACP is pushing hard for lawmakers to approve Medicaid expansion efforts in North Carolina to give half a million state residents an alternative should they lose private insurance subsidized by the government under the Affordable Care Act.