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National organizations defend 'bed taxes' in letters to White House, Congress

National organizations defend 'bed taxes' in letters to White House, Congress

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A group of 20 national healthcare organizations supporting current allowable "bed tax" levels, have asked the ceiling not be changed as part of current federal budget talks in a letter sent Tuesday to President Obama and the leaders of Congress.

Post-election Congressional action might not be so 'lame'

Post-election Congressional action might not be so 'lame'

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Like a pedestrian at a dangerous intersection, long-term care providers find themselves waiting for the stoplight to change when it comes to reimbursement policy.

Nursing homes to get 1.8% Medicare pay raise in 2013

Skilled nursing providers say they are pleased with the federal government's decision to raise Medicare payments by 1.8% in fiscal year 2013. The cumulative $670 million pay hike will take effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed in a notice late Friday.

Targeting hospital readmissions gives skilled nursing facilities opportunities, expert says

Targeting hospital readmissions gives skilled nursing facilities opportunities, expert says

Skilled nursing facilities should know their track record and be able to spread word about it well if they want to thrive and help reduce rehospitalizations, a policy expert said Tuesday.

Administration proposes possible steep cuts for nursing home Medicare reimbursement, providers warn of 'dramatic impact'

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday announced a rule that could cut certain Medicare reimbursements to skilled nursing facility operators by as much as 11.3% in fiscal 2012. Provider lobbyists immediately issued a statement warning such a move would create "dramatic impact on the lives of nursing home residents and patients."

Providers enter plea for share of Medicaid funds as governors struggle with increasing obligations

Providers enter plea for share of Medicaid funds as governors struggle with increasing obligations

Long-term care providers delivered an impassioned, carefully constructed argument for stable Medicaid funding Monday as the National Governors Association winter meeting closed on a loud note. The expiration of $40 billion in emergency Medicaid funding on June 30 will exacerbate already weak Medicaid funding levels, provider advocates said.

What's in a name? We're about to find out—maybe

What's in a name? We're about to find out—maybe

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Hope you have a pencil handy with your scorecard at home. One with a good eraser.

Members of largest nursing home association to meet incoming president, Gov. Mark Parkinson, at annual conference

The American Health Care Association holds its 61st annual convention and expo Sunday through Wednesday in Long Beach, CA. As usual, it promises to help members earn many continuing education units and offer plenty of networking. But there also will be something unique about this year's edition. Many members will get their first chance to interact with incoming president and CEO, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.