While long-term care providers study the effects of bearing the full brunt of Medicare Part B therapy caps, lawmakers will continue closed-doors negotiation sessions on healthcare reform bills. It is widely believed by long-term care lobbyists that a therapy-caps exceptions process, or similar relief, will be re-instituted soon, but it is not known when or to what extent.

Democrats have apparently decided to work on molding a final bill on their own since they have a sufficient majority to do so in both chambers of Congress and no Republican has stepped forward. The White House is expected to increase pressure on negotiators to speed the process along so that an agreement can be announced when President Obama addresses the nation soon.