Site-Neutral Payment

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

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Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's skilled care companies at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides were making strident arguments in front of lawmakers at press time.

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

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The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are seen as a necessary step to site-neutral payments.

MedPAC urges rates blind to care setting

MedPAC urges rates blind to care setting

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive equal payments for treating some conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed in its latest report to Congress.

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.

House bill would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care, could save Medicare $100 billion over a decade, lawmakers say

House bill would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care, could save Medicare $100 billion over a decade, lawmakers say

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Federal lawmakers have drafted a bill to implement bundled, site-neutral payments for post-acute services, which they say would save the Medicare program up to $100 billion over a decade.

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed equalizing reimbursements for different post-acute providers but did not issue a formal recommendation at a meeting last week. This was the second time in recent months that MedPAC has taken up the topic of reimbursing skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the same level for certain services.

AHCA will play offense to win reimbursement victories, new chief lobbyist says

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The nation's largest long-term care provider association will be proactive in the face of reimbursement threats, according to the organization's new lead lobbyist, Clifton Porter II.

LTC Commission wins praise for recommendations, but some members say the group failed to complete mission

LTC Commission wins praise for recommendations, but some members say the group failed to complete mission

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Long-term care advocates have praised a set of recommendations issued by the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care, but some commissioners broke ranks, saying the panel did not fulfill its mandate.

Readmission fines target skilled care

Readmission fines target skilled care

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Skilled nursing operators often want the same treatment as hospitals. They might get their wish soon, though not necessarily in the way they hoped.

Provider groups respond to Congressional request with detailed recommendations on post-acute reforms

Provider groups respond to Congressional request with detailed recommendations on post-acute reforms

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Major long-term care provider groups have offered detailed policy recommendations on reforms to the post-acute care delivery and payment systems, as requested by Congressional lawmakers. In addition to offering recommendations on a host of topics, the groups stressed that Congress should evaluate information coming out of current demonstration projects and models before enacting any radical changes.

AHCA praises House committee for considering broad Medicare reforms

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Prompted by a hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has reiterated a call for bipartisan action to reform Medicare without further steep reimbursement cuts.