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Will 29-hour workweeks be the new normal in long-term care?

Will 29-hour workweeks be the new normal in long-term care?

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We've been hearing a lot lately about problems uninsured people are having with health exchanges. But not much is being reported about a different kind of exchange many long-term care managers might soon be dealing with.

Survey says ... healthcare reform gradually coming into focus for long-term care providers

Survey says ... healthcare reform gradually coming into focus for long-term care providers

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For those who think that long-term care providers aren't sitting up and taking sufficient notice of healthcare reform changes on the way, I say take another think. Providers know they're in for change — they just don't really know what to do about all of it yet.

Three White House appointees complete Commission on Long-Term Care

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President Barack Obama has named the final three members of the Commission on Long-Term Care created as part of January's fiscal cliff deal.

Election Day: Moment at hand for the future of healthcare funding and coverage

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After more than a year on the campaign trail, it all comes down to Tuesday. Elections across the country, topped by the battle for the presidency, will take place. The results could set in motion the framework for new regulatory and reimbursement processes for long-term care and other providers. Or they could further reforms already begun. Dozens of key U.S. congressional races also will be of interest to providers. Beyond the typical local implications, elected members of Congress will be able to dictate the direction of any national agenda for healthcare and funding reform.

All eyes on the Republican convention with Medicare reform a hot topic

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Long-term care providers will be giving the Republican national convention in Tampa more scrutiny than usual next week.That's when the party's leaders will give Medicare reform higher importance than usual. With the nomination of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate earlier this month, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his advisors all but guaranteed that Medicare will be more prominently mentioned in discussions and party platform building. As a House leader, Ryan led a defiant charge against Obama administration policies to overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. Many analysts believe the Medicare issue will play a pivotal role in at least a handful of key states in this November's election.

VP nominee Ryan a saving grace?

VP nominee Ryan a saving grace?

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Now that the Olympics are over, let politics take center stage again. Clearly, no one is interested in winning the silver medal when it comes to the race for U.S. president. But interest in second bananas IS high.

And you thought long-term care operators lived in silos?

And you thought long-term care operators lived in silos?

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Our Founding Fathers were wise to separate our government's executive, legislative and judicial branches. As we've seen all too often, concentrated power leads to disastrous results.

Because We The People demand it!

Because We The People demand it!

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Patrick Henry once said, "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Wow, how timely.

HHS leader touts healthcare reform benefits at seniors center

Older voters are less likely to support recent federal healthcare reforms, so a visit from Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Howard Koh to a seniors center in Chicago on Tuesday, was viewed by some as part of an Obama Administration effort to sway seniors' opinions before the November mid-term elections, the Associated Press reports.

Providers to sound off about CMS survey and certification process

Nursing home operators have a golden opportunity to let federal regulators know their feelings on new healthcare reform provisions that will take effect soon. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking for providers' comments on any area that might involve the agency's Survey & Certification group. CMS has asked that at least initial feedback be sent by Wednesday due to the time-sensitive nature of some of the reform measures.

HHS report on healthcare reform: Up to 15% of providers could fall into the red

HHS report on healthcare reform: Up to 15% of providers could fall into the red

Medicare cuts under the new healthcare reform law could add 12 years of solvency to the program—but they may also be unrealistic and need to be scaled back, according to results of a new study from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Seniors still angry with healthcare law, but many approve of the changes

Most Americans are still unsure what effect the new healthcare law will have on them, and seniors more than any other group view the new reforms unfavorably, according to results of a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Berwick's CMS will look very different than before, news analyses suggest

Donald M. Berwick, the soon-to-be-nominated chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will face new administrative challenges his predecessors didn't have, thanks largely to the newly passed healthcare reform law.

The gloves to come off in reform debate

Now that House Democrats, the dominant party in that chamber, have issued their proposal for healthcare reform, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office will put a price tag on it. The full House then could vote on the measure by the end of next week.

Rural providers targeted in Alliance for Health Reform briefing

Rural America faces many challenges when it comes to long-term care and other healthcare delivery. Healthcare reform talks now underway could significantly impact problems—either worsening or lessening them. The Alliance for Health Reform will host a briefing next Friday (Oct. 30) in Washington on how some pending reform proposals might substantially impact rural providers.

PACE meeting will examine the evolution and future of growing eldercare model

Not all of the pivotal healthcare reform talks will be taking place in Washington next week. The National PACE Association's 2009 annual conference will be taking place from Sunday through Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

CBO chief says House reform plan too costly

Some say the House's proposed healthcare reform legislation, which includes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a public health insurance plan, will prevent rising healthcare costs from bankrupting the country. Not so, says the head of the Congressional Budget Office.

Researchers cite four ways to include long-term care more effectively in healthcare reform efforts

A new report released Thursday by Georgetown University researchers, in association with The SCAN Foundation, presents four possible options for including long-term care services and supports in reform legislation.

U.S. House healthcare reform bill formally unveiled

U.S. House healthcare reform bill formally unveiled

The U.S. House of Representatives officially released its version of healthcare reform legislation Tuesday. And, as requested by President Obama, the reform package should come to a vote by the August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

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