One of the highlights of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging conference came near the end—during a panel discussion about the impact of midterm elections on healthcare reform.
Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, predicts that new concepts such as payment bundling will change long-term care. Yarwood, who also expressed concern about the future of the Medicaid program for providers, finishes his tenure at AHCA in January.
The Senate Finance Committee is planning to vote on its healthcare reform measure Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. He made the announcement after the Congressional Budget Office released findings that the proposal is estimated to cost $829 billion over 10 years.
A vote on Senate Finance Committee healthcare reform legislation could occur by the end of this week. The 262-page bill contains a number of amendments that could affect long-term care supports and services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has selected Sandra Fitzler, senior director of clinical services at the American Health Care Association, to serve on the newly created Care Transitions Measure Development Technical Expert Panel (TEP).