The Alliance For Quality Nursing Home Care

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

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The nation's two strongest long-term care provider lobbying groups are uniting to form a singular, more powerful voice, the pair announced Tuesday morning.

Medicare payment board would slash government payments to SNF providers, paper says

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The Affordable Care Act's controversial Medicare payment board would be an "agent for reimbursement cuts to Medicare," according to a policy paper released Wednesday.

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

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Medicare cuts scheduled to hit in January will cost skilled nursing facilities close to $800 million in fiscal year 2014, a new analysis estimates.

Ten states to absorb majority of Medicare bad debt funding cuts, report finds

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Bad debt provisions of recent legislation will cut skilled nursing facility payments by nearly $3 billion between 2012 and 2021, with a handful of states bearing the brunt of it, a report finds.

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."

SNFs should focus on partnerships, quality, to weather uncertain future, experts say

In order to survive an uncertain financial and regulatory environment, skilled nursing operators need to look at partnering with other healthcare systems and improving the quality of care, analysts say.

Ohio loses SNF jobs in wake of pay cuts; a sign of what's to come for nation, experts say

Ohio skilled nursing facilities have shed or plan to shed 2,800 jobs in the wake of recent Medicare and Medicaid cuts, new survey results show. It could be just the start of losses to be felt around the country.

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

LTC groups urge Congress to pass a therapy cap extension

Congress should extend the therapy caps exception process for medically necessary Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services, several long-term care groups said Tuesday.

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the "super committee."

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.

Providers say phased-in Medicare cuts would soften final payment rule damage, slow nursing home worker layoffs

Congress could stave off the predicted loss of 20,000 nursing home jobs by enacting a phased-in funding regulation over three years, according to one provider group.

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

The Medicare PPS skilled nursing facility final rule that was enacted Oct. 1 could result in 20,000 nursing home layoffs nationwide and another 20,000 jobs lost to abandoned expansion activity, according to results of a new national survey.

SNF resident satisfaction up, survey citations down, report finds

SNF resident satisfaction up, survey citations down, report finds

Resident satisfaction rates have improved and health survey citations are declining in skilled nursing facilities, according to a new quality of care report.

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.

Nursing home lobby launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign

Nursing home lobby launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign

Two lobby groups representing the nation's for-profit nursing homes kicked off a nationwide ad campaign Monday aimed at preventing additional cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

S&P downgrades nursing home ratings; SNFs lose jobs

S&P downgrades nursing home ratings; SNFs lose jobs

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has put all six of its rated for-profit nursing home operators on Credit Watch with a negative outlook.

Nursing home lobbying group launches job growth ad campaign

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care is launching a new ad campaign to remind lawmakers that skilled nursing and rehabilitation service facilities are the second-largest health facility employer in the United States.

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