Caregiver coalition protests CMS Medicare ruling

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Caregiver coalition protests CMS Medicare ruling
Caregiver coalition protests CMS Medicare ruling
"The new CMS directive is frustrating to America's front line caregivers because its net impact will be to reverse a federal policy that is currently benefiting elderly patients," said Lisa Cantrell, a co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, and a national spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect Senior Care.

Cantrell said that as average acuity rises in nursing homes, the federal government's role should be to help direct-care staff and that advocates would lobby lawmakers to change current policy.

Joining her in a call for a "swift correction based on common sense" were coalition members, including: the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN); the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA); the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC); The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC); the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA); the American Health Care Association (AHCA); the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL); the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA); and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care.

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the largest association representing nonprofit providers, also opposes the cuts.