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Clif Porter Head of Government Affairs for AHCA/NCAL

CMS could overhaul therapy pay rules in 2018

LAS VEGAS – The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking could bring a total overhaul of therapy payment rules and be in place as early as October 2018 in a “worse case scenario,” an official with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living shared at the group’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

67th annual AHCA annual meeting hits Music City

The annual convention and expo of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living kicks off Sunday in Nashville. Dozens of educational sessions will offer long-term care professionals opportunities to earn continuing education credit and network with peers.

Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO

60 seconds with … Mark Parkinson

Q: Last month was the third AHCA/NCAL annual conference with you at the helm, and the healthcare landscape has become increasingly complex. Is there something simple providers can focus on?

James M. Berklan

Powell hits all the right notes

What do you call a 77-year-old who has worked with — indeed BEEN one of — the most powerful people in the world, traveled the globe extensively, served his country with honor for decades and then charms, compliments and entertains you for over an hour — without the help of a teleprompter? The perfect keynote speaker for your conference, that’s what.

Also in the news for Oct. 9, 2014 . . .

AHCA announces new board members and directors, Coble to be vice-chair … Gastronomy tubes should not be used in those with advanced dementia or nearing death, ethics group says … Home healthcare minimum wage enforcement delayed six months … CMS revises latest MDS manual update

James Berklan

Quality soars in long-term care

Much like a parent raising a child — a topic on my mind this week as I send my oldest son to college — dedicated advocates have long encouraged long-term care providers to do the best they can. This week, there’s evidence that the effort has paid off, in seeing how many providers earned honors from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

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