Providers to press lawmakers for lengthier 'fixes' for therapy caps, doc pay issues
They are asking supporters to call (855) 218-2109 (and follow the corresponding prompts) to register their wishes with their respective lawmakers.
The group has also issued this proposed script to read to lawmakers and their key personnel:
“I am calling about the payroll tax and Medicare payment legislation that is in conference. Please continue the exceptions process for therapy caps. The frail elders I serve are depending on you to protect their ability to receive the full amount of therapy they need to help them recover from serious injury or illness.
“However, I am concerned with proposals to reduce payments to nursing homes as pay-fors for this legislation. One proposal will reduce the amount Medicare pays nursing homes when states do not fully pay the co-pay for dually eligible Medicare/Medicaid patient's stay. Nursing homes cannot recover the difference in payment from the states. Nursing homes have already had their Medicare payments reduced by over 11% for fiscal 2012, and cannot afford additional cuts, especially since most states are also reducing Medicaid payments.”
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