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Alliance For Quality Nursing Home Care

James M. Berklan, McKnight's Editor

Nursing home lobbying merger was a long time in coming

Almost immediately after the 2006 schism that threatened to fully tear them fully apart, some stakeholders wanted to see the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care remain united with the American Health Care Association. Gradual Alliance attrition, combined with the effects of hard knocks from regulators and lawmakers, helped make it a reality this week.

Spring is here, so let the (LTC) tweeting commence

Providers, advocates and other leaders in the long-term care services and supports realm will hold a Twitter Chat from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday. Participants should use the hashtag #SOSeniors to take part. The event will be co-hosted by LeadingAge, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. Participants are asked to contribute questions and ideas about how best to prepare for advocacy efforts during the 113th Congress, which extends for the next 20 months.

Alan Rosenbloom

New ATRA cut to Medicare Part B Therapy Payments latest destabilizing blow to spector

With $9 billion in Budget Relief Act sequester cuts to the U.S. skilled nursing facility (SNF) sector now just weeks away following the latest cut of at least $600 million in Medicare Part B therapy payments after passage of the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), we are making it a priority this month to ensure Congress carefully reviews the cascade of budget and regulatory changes since 2009 that leaves the nation’s second largest health facility employer facing a staggering $65.6 billion in Medicare funding reductions over the next ten years.

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