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The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to "reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to help ensure the continued availability of effective treatments for bacterial infections."
The White House's proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation's largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to "encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers."
Ever wonder how much regard the White House has for long-term care operators? A brief filed last week makes the answer abundantly clear: very little.
President Obama touched on several issues that matter to long-term care operators during last month's State of the Union address. His most urgent message to lawmakers: Do not not allow sequestration cuts to kick in. Otherwise, providers will feel the pinch of an automatic 2% Medicare funding cut.
The White House said states can reduce Medicaid payments to long-term care operators and other healthcare providers in a court brief filed Monday.
The Obama administration will not cut Medicaid spending in its upcoming 2014 budget proposal, according to senior White House advisor Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council. Sperling spoke Thursday at a Washington, D.C., event sponsored by Families USA, an advocacy group for healthcare consumers.
Nursing homes could be hurt if the federal government lowers the Medicaid provider tax safe harbor threshold to reduce the national deficit, according to a January report from the Congressional Research Service.
Medicare and Medicaid federal expenditures will drop sharply over the next 10 years, according to a revised fiscal year 2013 "mid-session review" budget update.
The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a new rule that would expand healthcare provider requirements for tracking patient health records and allowing patients greater access to them.