Post-acute standardized assessment bill passes House
Sep 18, 2014
A bill that would standardize data in post-acute settings moved closer to reality after a House of Representatives voice vote in its favor Tuesday. The House’s approval of the Improving Medicare...
House and Senate take on bills that would standardize post-acute care data collection
Jun 30, 2014
Both houses of Congress now officially are considering bills to standardize assessments across various post-acute care provider types. The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees introduced...
Hospitals object to collecting their own data as part of post-acute reform, urge revisions to draft legislation
May 15, 2014
Hospitals should not be required to collect patient assessment data as part of an effort to revamp post-acute care, the leader of the American Hospital Association argued in a recent letter to top Congressional...
CBO: Affordable Care Act will reduce full-time workforce by more than 2 million in the next decade
Feb 05, 2014
The full-time work force will lose roughly 2 million people overall by 2024 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to new figures from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report, released...
Readmission fines target skilled care
James M. Berklan
Sep 01, 2013
Skilled nursing operators often want the same treatment as hospitals. They might get their wish soon, though not necessarily in the way they hoped.
Lawmakers threaten subpoena over Affordable Care Act PR campaign
Oct 25, 2012
Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have threatened to subpoena federal health officials to gain access to public relations contracts related to the Affordable Care Act.
House members raise concerns over Medicare Advantage demonstration project
Jul 23, 2012
Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have accused the Department of Health and Human Services of overstepping its authority in implementing a controversial Medicare Advantage demonstration...
Time to pick your fantasy teams for … funding
James M. Berklan
Aug 13, 2011
Now that we know there will be an NFL season, fantasy football leagues are roaring into shape around the land. I would have loved to be in the “war room” to hear the give-and-take for drafting...
HHS gives Medicare Advantage plans a $6.7 billion infusion
Apr 21, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving Medicare Advantage plans $6.7 billion in quality bonuses to take the heat off service cuts authorized under the Affordable Care Act, the Associated...
Beneficiary groups endorse plan to simplify Medicare Part D
Oct 11, 2010
A number of Medicare beneficiary advocacy groups have voiced support for a plan from the Department of Health and Human Services to simplify the Medicare Part D program. They want to reduce the number...