Baucus bill scores win with providers
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)
Providers were pleased the bill did not include an outright reduction in the Medicare market-basket update for skilled nursing facilities. But the proposal did include a “full productivity adjustment” for nursing homes starting in 2012. Such an adjustment would cut into Medicare payments over the long term, AHCA said.Providers also commended the committee for proposing to extend the therapy caps exceptions process for two years, through Dec. 31, 2011.