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Extreme disruption of Medicare funding forecast if Affordable Care Act is tossed out

Extreme disruption of Medicare funding forecast if Affordable Care Act is tossed out

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Healthcare experts on both sides of the political spectrum are warning that the Medicare program could unravel if the Supreme Court deems the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Nursing homes, and others might not get paid, at least one expert says.

Supreme Court takes on the legality of Medicaid expansion while states grapple over funding

Supreme Court takes on the legality of Medicaid expansion while states grapple over funding

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As state officials negotiate their fiscal 2013 budgets, more than half are grappling with billions in shortfalls that put Medicaid funds at risk, according to a new report.

West Virginia courts incorrectly applied federal law in nursing home arbitration cases, U.S. Supreme Court rules

The West Virginia Supreme Court must re-examine a major ruling that make nursing home arbitration agreements invalid, according to a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday.

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

Twenty-six states filed a brief Tuesday encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for a major expansion of Medicaid.

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

Despite the mixed feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act among long-term care providers, all groups agree that they will be closely monitoring a case now headed to the Supreme Court. The high court said Monday it would hear oral arguments on ACA's constitutionality in March.

California gets go-ahead to cut Medicaid payments to providers by 10%

California gets go-ahead to cut Medicaid payments to providers by 10%

The Obama administration has approved a request to cut Medicaid payments to California healthcare providers, including nursing homes, by 10%, which will mean $623 million in less reimbursement over the next two years.

Both sides expecting victory after latest vote on healthcare reform challenge

As expected, the Senate voted Wednesday to reject a Republican-powered bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. Despite the party line 51-47 vote, lawmakers of both parties overwhelmingly agreed on a repeal of the 1099 reporting provision in the law.

Advocacy groups file class action lawsuit over Medicare therapy policy

Advocacy groups file class action lawsuit over Medicare therapy policy

Five national groups filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over a Medicare policy that requires a patient to exhibit "demonstrable improvements" in order to qualify for skilled nursing care and physical, speech and occupational therapy.