Providers release wish list for 2008 presidential candidates

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Leading long-term care lobbyists appealed to presidential candidates and policy makers Tuesday to adopt industry recommendations to reform payment and post-acute care processes.

A primary focus is to draw more private resources into the payment schema, according to leaders of the American Health Care Association, its sister group the National Center for Assisted Living, and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care.

"We are offering solutions that provide more comprehensive coverage, broader consumer options and responsible use of government resources," said AHCA President and CEO Bruce Yarwood He said a goal was to "generate far more debate in the 2008 election."

The plan will, among other things, "dramatically" restructure the Medicaid program, introduce a new post-acute patient assessment tool and give individuals more options, officials announced at a media briefing in Washington.

Highlights of the proposal can be seen at http://www.ahca.org.