Long-term care providers could have good reason to worry that forthcoming Medicare reforms could cut into their reimbursements, following a two-day hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers reiterated pledges to permanently change the way physician payment rates are calculated. They also emphasized that provider reimbursement cuts and beneficiary cost-sharing might very well be needed due to the price-tag on the policy shift.
Medicare beneficiaries can continue to press their case that hospitals’ observation stay practices are violating patient rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Recently implemented Medicare penalties are having a greater impact on hospitals than newly available bonuses, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
The Supreme Court appears to be split over the question of whether healthcare providers have a right to sue states over low Medicaid rates, court watchers noted after oral arguments on Tuesday.
The White House and Congress should work together to ensure that older Americans have necessary financial resources, including for long-term care, provider associations and prominent lawmakers said in response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Workers are leaving long-term care at a faster rate than they are joining the field, according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco. And many people experience poverty after leaving long-term care jobs, suggesting that employers and policymakers urgently need to ensure the safety of these workers and boost professional development efforts, report authors argue.
Getting rid of hospital observation stays might not be a good idea after all, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members who previously pushed for the change. Even if observation status is not scrapped as a category, there are other potential solutions on the table to make post-acute care more accessible.
When it comes to caring for long-stay residents, rural nursing homes do better if they hit a staffing ratio of one full-time registered nurse for every four full-time nursing employees, according to recently published findings.