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Providers likely to gain from immigration policy changes

Providers likely to gain from immigration policy changes

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President Obama will be unveiling a multi-pronged plan to overhaul the nation's immigration policy, possibly later today. Its most controversial component — a reprieve for the millions who face deportation — could also deliver a huge payoff to senior living operators.

Long-term care advocacy group cheers executive order barring arbitration agreements, urges further action

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A prominent long-term care consumer advocacy group hailed a recent executive order banning certain government contractors from using arbitration agreements, saying this is a step toward eliminating these agreements in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Is this really the best way to get a raise?

Is this really the best way to get a raise?

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I can say with a straight face that I'm not a complete stranger to the battle over decent living wages.

King's dream and the thorny reality in long-term care

King's dream and the thorny reality in long-term care

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I got together with a few friends last weekend, and one of them mentioned she had volunteered in a nursing home during high school. She shared one of her vivid memories, of a certain resident who was sweet as pie with the white volunteers, but who scowled and cursed — in Spanish (her native language) — at a volunteer from India.

Medicare up for debate in 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

Medicare up for debate in 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

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With deficit reduction all the rage in Washington, the central question remains: Where might funding cuts and revenue streams come from? Medicare is clearly in the crosshairs, continuing to make providers anxious as deficit reduction talks stretched into the weekend.

Presidential campaign rhetoric on Medicare eclipses Medicaid policy debate

Presidential campaign rhetoric on Medicare eclipses Medicaid policy debate

While Mitt Romney advocates $810 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade, President Obama's plan would cost taxpayers an additional $642 billion over the same period. The president's plan would also add millions of people as Medicaid beneficiaries.

White House will reach a decision on 2% cut to Medicare providers within 30 days

White House will reach a decision on 2% cut to Medicare providers within 30 days

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The Obama Administration has one month to issue a report detailing whether Medicare providers will see 2% across-the-board cuts based on legislation signed by the president Tuesday.

Obama pushes for Tavenner confirmation hearing

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The Obama Administration is pushing the Senate Democrats to hold a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to news reports.

Fix Medicare funding woes 'forever' by eliminating subsidy for wealthy, conservative says

Fix Medicare funding woes 'forever' by eliminating subsidy for wealthy, conservative says

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Wealthy seniors should pay more in Medicare premiums, according to a brief from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Funding for Alzheimer's research in question

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The $80 million President Obama designated to Alzheimer's research could have more strings attached to it than previously thought, a key senator has said.

Employers can be required to display union posters, judge rules

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The National Labor Relations Board was deemed to be within its legal rights with its requirement that employers post notices about unionization rights, a U.S. district judge has ruled.

Obama budget calls for Medicare cuts for SNFs, penalizes rehospitalizations

Obama budget calls for Medicare cuts for SNFs, penalizes rehospitalizations

While President Obama's proposed 2013 budget contains expected Medicare cuts, long-term care groups have expressed their disappointment. Among other proposals, the American Health Care Association criticized a provision of the budget that would "align Medicare policy more closely with private sector standards by reducing bad debt payments to 25% for all eligible providers over three years starting in 2013."

The worst kind of reality show

The worst kind of reality show

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All we wanted was a nugget, a morsel, a few bread crumbs maybe. And this is what we got instead? Lord, help us.

House GOP continue with CLASS repeal efforts

House GOP continue with CLASS repeal efforts

With Congress back in session, House Republicans are back at trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act's disability insurance benefit.

Alzheimer's experts to finalize Obama administration taskforce plan

A panel of Alzheimer's experts is kicking off a two-day meeting in Washington today to formalize an Obama administration goal of developing effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's by 2025.

Congress votes to prevent whopping physician pay cut

Congress votes to prevent whopping physician pay cut

The House and Senate voted Friday morning to pass a two-month extension of the so-called "doc fix," preventing a scheduled 27.4% cut in Medicare payments for physicians.

CLASS Act is far from dead, according to supporters

CLASS Act is far from dead, according to supporters

When the White House effectively killed the CLASS Act, the program's most vocal advocates dug in their heels in hopes of resurrecting the long-term care insurance program.

Obama's proposed Medicare and Medicaid cuts could negatively impact beneficiaries, experts say

Obama's proposed Medicare and Medicaid cuts could negatively impact beneficiaries, experts say

The Obama administration says that proposed reimbursement cuts to Medicare and Medicaid providers shield beneficiaries from access-to-care difficulties, but some experts aren't so sure.

Obama administration looking at big healthcare cuts

Obama administration looking at big healthcare cuts

President Obama, much to the dismay of fellow Democrats and healthcare providers, is expected to ask Congress and its super committee to find $300 billion to $500 billion of savings over a decade in entitlement programs.

Providers worry that Obama's jobs plan will hinder healthcare job growth

Provider groups are concerned that President Obama's newly unveiled $447 billion jobs plan will eat away at job growth in the healthcare sector, which is one place advocates say the economy is growing.

Budget office: Federal agency heads must submit reduced spending plans

White House budget chief Jacob Lew has asked all federal agency heads to submit spending plans for the approaching budget that are 5% below this year's spending, according to Lew's fiscal year 2013 budget guidance.

NLRB proposes rules for faster unionization timelines

NLRB proposes rules for faster unionization timelines

The National Labor Relations Board proposed new rules Tuesday that would shorten the lag time between a union petitioning for an election and holding a secret-ballot vote.

Medicare payment board faces repeal efforts from Democrats and Republicans

The Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created by the law to contain Medicare costs, is now drawing criticism from both major political parties.

Support for universal healthcare program grows, poll finds

Support for universal healthcare program grows, poll finds

Residents of Massachusetts are increasingly supportive of the state's 2006 universal healthcare law, lending belief to the idea that the national Affordable Care Act will gain more public support over time.

Republicans and Democrats spar over entitlement cuts

The U.S. Senate's vote rejecting Republicans' proposed 2012 budget — and all of its provisions to drastically overhaul Medicare and Medicaid — means both sides are back to debating how to best balance the federal budget.

Berwick supporters urge Obama, Senate to hold confirmation hearings

Embattled Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick received a shot of support recently from a number of high-profile colleagues in the medical field, according to news sources.

President's budget due next week, already causing shivers through providers

President Obama is expected to release his budget proposal for fiscal 2012 on Monday, and it's not a document long-term care providers are happily anticipating. Lobbying intensified over the last several weeks, as advocates for many industries and groups—long-term care certainly among them-pushed statistics favorable to their cause. Some fear a call for significant Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the president's proposal. That would, no doubt, kick off a round of even more intense lobbying.

Medicare expert says healthcare reform won't hold down costs

The Affordable Care Act would not keep healthcare costs down, testified David Foster, chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, before the House Budget Committee.

Obama renominates Berwick to head CMS, contentious hearings promised

Obama renominates Berwick to head CMS, contentious hearings promised

President Obama announced Wednesday that he has renominated Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, six months after naming him chief during a Congressional recess. The first time, Obama bypassed what promised to be contentious Senate confirmation hearings. But this week's move is expected to put Berwick back on the hot seat with many lawmakers.

President vows to fight attempted repeals of healthcare reform

President vows to fight attempted repeals of healthcare reform

President Obama defiantly said he would fight any repeal efforts to his health care reform platform but added in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he would remain open to ideas for improving it. He also called for more spending cuts to Medicare and Medicaid but didn't offer any specifics.