Fiscal 2012

Another CMS conference call will absorb overflow of popular MDS 3.0 update session

Overwhelmed by the initial outpouring of long-term care providers wanting to learn more about pending changes to the MDS 3.0 system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an additional conference call on the subject Thursday. The initial 7,000 telephone lines set up by the government for its Aug. 23 call were quickly snapped up, locking many out. Changes go into effect for fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1 this year.

Administration proposes possible steep cuts for nursing home Medicare reimbursement, providers warn of 'dramatic impact'

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday announced a rule that could cut certain Medicare reimbursements to skilled nursing facility operators by as much as 11.3% in fiscal 2012. Provider lobbyists immediately issued a statement warning such a move would create "dramatic impact on the lives of nursing home residents and patients."

President's budget due next week, already causing shivers through providers

President Obama is expected to release his budget proposal for fiscal 2012 on Monday, and it's not a document long-term care providers are happily anticipating. Lobbying intensified over the last several weeks, as advocates for many industries and groups—long-term care certainly among them-pushed statistics favorable to their cause. Some fear a call for significant Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the president's proposal. That would, no doubt, kick off a round of even more intense lobbying.