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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Lengthy ‘doc fix’ hearing could mean bad news for provider payments

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.

Aides frequently injure themselves on the job, putting them at risk of leaving the LTC field.

Major problems with the pipeline of LTC workers, report states

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.

People increasingly are spending days in the hospital as observation patients.

Congressional advisors waver on eliminating observation stays

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.

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