Middle daughters around the world still relate to the fictional Jan Brady's exasperation with her TV big sister — "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" So too should long-term care operators. But instead of being jealous of an older sibling, this field's indignation might be better directed at nearby hospitals.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized its previously announced cancellation of mandatory bundled payment models for hip fractures and cardiac care, as well as changes to its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model.
The Department of Health and Human Services efforts' to roll back mandatory bundled payment models aren't likely to lose any steam, despite the fact that Tom Price, M.D., an outspoken opponent of the models, is no longer at the helm of the agency.
You can forgive long-term care providers if they weren't outwardly jumping for joy at Monday's announcement that Medicare is going to start paying for quality, and not quantity, of services.