House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday double-teamed Congress with companion bills aimed at mitigating hospital readmission penalties — a positive move for nursing homes because it would ease the invariable scrutiny that surrounds readmitted low-income and dual-eligible patients.
House bill would ease readmissions penalties for hospitals that treat many dual eligibles and low-income seniorsMarch 13, 2014
Hospitals that treat a high percentage of patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid would get a break on readmissions penalties if a new bill in the House of Representatives were to become law. Dual eligible beneficiaries have low incomes, are likely to have chronic or complex conditions, and often reside in long-term care facilities.
Above-average skilled nursing facilities may become exempted from Medicare's prior hospitalization requirement, per legislation from Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH).
Pushing for less drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, more than 400 long-term care operators visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday as part of the American Health Care Association's annual Congressional Briefing.