When is a meager pay hike viewed as welcome news? When the source of that increase — namely, the federal government — seems intent on making cuts almost everywhere else.
Hospices treating Medicare beneficiaries will see a 2.5% increase in payments for fiscal year 2012, according to a final rule released Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. They must also begin reporting on the quality of care.
The leader of the nation's largest nursing home association has suggested the federal government cut Medicare reimbursement rates by 3.0% in fiscal 2012, not a threatened 11.3%. Such a move, along with more possible phased-in cuts, could take more than 100,000 caregiving jobs out of harm's way, he said.
It's hard to believe we're in the midst of another conference season. The American Health Care Association's annual meeting already has passed and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging's is about a week away.
The proposed fiscal year 2011 market basket update of 1.7% for skilled nursing facilities is "more than adequate," the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) said in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Friday posted payment updates for skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities' prospective payment systems for fiscal 2011. Nursing homes will realize a 1.7% increase in its market basket rate, while IRFs' will rise by 2.5%.
Sunday evening marked the turning point for the passage of healthcare reform. After the turmoil of the past year, you almost have to pinch yourself to believe it.
The release of President Obama's healthcare reform proposal couldn't have come at a better time. The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging is holding its advocacy conference in the capital this week.
As expected, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on Thursday recommended that skilled nursing facilities not receive a payment increase for fiscal year 2011.
Fresh from its Thanksgiving break, the Senate is scheduled to pick up its debate over healthcare reform on Tuesday. Some provisions affecting senior care providers are similar to those in the House bill and some are different.
The U.S. Senate over the weekend narrowly approved a motion to begin debate on its version of healthcare reform. The legislation includes a significant expansion of the Elder Justice Act and other provisions affecting seniors and long-term care.
The House late Saturday passed its comprehensive healthcare reform bill by a vote of 220-215.
The House healthcare reform bill would offer a temporary Medicaid payment program that would provide $6 billion to certain nursing homes for four years. It also would trim the Medicare market basket.
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.
The American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care on Thursday gave their support to the recently released healthcare reform bill from the Senate Finance Committee. They noted that a final bill should avoid significant cuts to Medicare in nursing homes.
The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday released its long-awaited version of healthcare reform. This $856 billion, 10-year version doesn't contain some of the harmful provisions many in the long-term care community had feared.
Nursing home providers reacted positively to the release of the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill Wednesday. They were particularly pleased that the bill would not lower the market-basket update for nursing homes.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is pushing this week to gain support for a healthcare reform bill. One of the legislation's provisions is to trim the market-basket update for nursing homes.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a regulation increasing Medicare payments to hospices by 1.4% for fiscal year 2010.
The federal government can expect to save roughly $26 billion in Medicare costs over 10 years in part by freezing the market-basket update for skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2010, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.