CMS to expedite review of CLIA waivers for COVID-19 point-of-care tests
Jul 16, 2020
Nursing homes will be required to have Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waivers to perform COVID-19 point-of-care tests. As a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working...
Providers hopeful about next Senate virus relief bill
James M. Berklan
Jul 09, 2020
Nursing home operators and the rest of the country may soon know the key components in a fourth, and likely final, coronavirus relief package from the federal government.
CMS gives therapy providers the green light to provide Medicare telehealth services
May 01, 2020
Therapy providers will now be able to offer their services through telehealth to Medicare patients after the federal government announced a new set of rules and waivers Thursday. The move should help facilitate...
‘Extenders’ package would repeal therapy caps, but SNF payment changes may be included
Nov 16, 2017
Skilled nursing providers found both good news and bad news Thursday in a House bipartisan agreement statement on a Medicare extender package.
LTC providers: Senate vote to kill ‘skinny’ healthcare bill ‘the right move’...
Jul 28, 2017
Provider groups exhaled Friday following the death of a so-called “skinny repeal” healthcare bill that could have opened the door to Medicaid funding cuts.
Experts argue court didn’t go far enough in new ‘Jimmo’ case mandate
Aug 22, 2016
While pleased with a court decision mandating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should do better in explaining maintenance coverage under the landmark Jimmo case, leading long-term care...
Providers should expect ‘disruption’ but are ready for Five Star changes, Parkinson says
Oct 10, 2014
Coming changes to the Five Star rating system for nursing homes will “cause some disruption,” but many long-term care providers already are on track, according to American Health Care Association/National...
AHCA applauds Senate passage of IMPACT Act
Sep 22, 2014
The Senate approved the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, drawing praise from the American Health Care Association and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care.
Providers rip huge backlog of therapy claims reviews
James M. Berklan
Jan 01, 2014
A provider-sponsored survey recently uncovered huge backlogs of therapy claim reviews for beneficiaries who exceeded the Medicare Part B caps limits.
‘Doc fix’ bill calls attention to need for therapy fix, NASL leader says
Jul 29, 2013
Provider groups are urging lawmakers to address outpatient therapy payments in addition to fixes to Medicare’s physician payment system, according to Cynthia Morton, executive vice president of the...