Providers speak out against MedPAC recommendation

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Nursing home providers Thursday reiterated their opposition to the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee's (MedPAC) recommendation to Congress of no annual inflation update for skilled nursing providers.

The president included the recommendation in his fiscal year 2008 budget package. The proposed overall budget would cut Medicare funding for skilled nursing care by $10 billion over five years, the American Health Care Association said.

"Cutbacks of this magnitude will threaten the progress we have achieved working with the federal government to improve care quality," said Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO of AHCA.
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