Revisit fees will continue until mid-December

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President Bush has extended a "revisit user fee" regulation for nursing home providers until Dec. 14, an advocacy expert at a major nursing home association told McKnight's.

The measure, which imposes a fine on providers requiring a follow-up inspection, expired on Friday. However, President Bush signed a continuing resolution allowing the fees to continue, said Barbara Gay, director of advocacy information for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Nursing facilities are charged a flat $2,072 fee for each on-site inspection revisit, according to the rule. Desk reviews, or off-site revisits, cost $168.

Congress is expected to pass a massive spending bill, which could include a measure eliminating the fees, during the first week of December, Gay said.