Providers continue to fight for therapy funding

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Long-term care facilities continually find themselves in a tug-of-war with other healthcare segments for therapy funding.

President Bush this year approved legislation that halts the 75% Rule at 60%. Under the rule, inpatient rehabilitation facilities must have 60% of patients with a qualifying condition to receive higher Medicare funding. Long-term care facilities benefit from a higher threshold because they may receive those patients not served by IRFs.

Therapy can provide a key revenue stream for long-term care facilities. Patricia Boyer, president of Boyer & Associates, will discuss tactics to improve Medicare reimbursement during McKnight's Online Expo. Her presentation will occur on Wednesday, March 26, at 3 p.m. E.S.T.

The Expo, which will take place on March 26 and 27, will present four other webcasts on the topics of technology and the future of seniors housing, market trends, leveraging information technology, and labor relations. It also will feature a virtual conference hall with interactive online booths. Here, viewers can learn more about companies' products and services, interact live with company representatives and attend live presentations.

The Expo is free. To sign up, go to http://www.mcknights.com.