Medicare Part B Therapy Caps

New ATRA cut to Medicare Part B Therapy Payments latest destabilizing blow to spector

New ATRA cut to Medicare Part B Therapy Payments latest destabilizing blow to spector

With $9 billion in Budget Relief Act sequester cuts to the U.S. skilled nursing facility (SNF) sector now just weeks away following the latest cut of at least $600 million in Medicare Part B therapy payments after passage of the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), we are making it a priority this month to ensure Congress carefully reviews the cascade of budget and regulatory changes since 2009 that leaves the nation's second largest health facility employer facing a staggering $65.6 billion in Medicare funding reductions over the next ten years.

Latest funding deal sidesteps fiscal cliff

Latest funding deal sidesteps fiscal cliff

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Providers generally lauded a deal that kept the nation from going over the so-called fiscal cliff in January. Spared were automatic Medicare cuts to physicians and facilities.

The road to the RUG-IV-related repeal

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Some good news—and just in time for the holidays. Nursing home providers can ring in 2011 knowing that residents will not be denied Medicare Part B outpatient therapy and the RUG-IV system won't change.

A new hit to therapy providers

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Another proposed rehab rule threatens to cut significant revenues from long-term care providers.

Groups ask congressional leaders to extend nine Medicare provisions beyond 2010

Several healthcare groups, including the American Health Care Association, last week urged congressional leaders to address "harmful Medicare policies" set to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Senate committee approves resolution freezing healthcare spending

The Senate Budget Committee Thursday approved a fiscal year 2011 budget resolution that freezes discretionary spending through fiscal year 2013 for most federal programs, including healthcare. But the resolution also includes a reserve fund that could be used to repeal the unpopular outpatient Medicare Part B therapy caps.

Groundhog Day for Medicare physician payment cuts

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There's a game called the "temporary doc fix." Congress plays it every year and I'm beginning to tire of it.

Senate passes bill extending FMAP, therapy caps exceptions process

Senate passes bill extending FMAP, therapy caps exceptions process

The Senate Wednesday passed a pivotal bill that would extend for six months the temporary increase in states Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). It also would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process through Dec. 31, and delay a 21% Medicare payment cut for physicians until Oct. 1.

Lawmakers have a lot to answer for when providers make Hill visits Tuesday

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When long-term care providers hit Capitol Hill Tuesday their congressmen better be prepared.

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