Providers to protest proposed Medicare cuts at House hearing today

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Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
Members of the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care are planning to speak out against a proposed Medicare cut today during a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing.

It's “not going to be a friendly hearing,” AHCA President and CEO Bruce Yarwood said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 1 released its proposal to trim Medicare payments by $770 million for skilled nursing facilities over the next year. CMS also proposed a 3.1% increase in the market basket, or cost-of-living, payment.

The proposal could lead to a “double jeopardy” situation, said Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care. Nursing homes that face reimbursement cuts could also be vulnerable to a reduction in the market basket as a result of a Medicare package that would halt a physician pay cut.  Providers also believe that the proposed cut would have negative reverberating effects throughout the economy.

The hearing, entitled “In The Hands of Strangers: Are Nursing Home Safeguards Working?” takes place this morning at 10:00am EST at the Rayburn House Office Building.