Proposals to pay for ‘doc fix’ law are making long-term care providers nervous
Apr 23, 2015
Much of last week’s historic bill that created new payment rates for Medicare doctors was left unfunded by lawmakers, and now GOP budget hawks are presenting ideas that provoke anxiety in the sector.
Medicare doc payment bill doesn’t ‘fix’ therapy caps
Apr 17, 2015
The historic repeal of the “doc fix” this week left about equal numbers of stakeholders relieved and disappointed. Among the most crestfallen: Therapy providers who were hoping for Congress...
Nursing home operators urge swift Senate approval of physician pay formula
Apr 14, 2015
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living are urging the U.S. Senate to act quickly on a potentially historic bill for establishing Medicare rates for doctors.
Medicare physician pay cuts officially kick in Wednesday
Mar 31, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will hold physician claims for 14 calendar days, thereby delaying 21% rate cuts otherwise set to take effect Wednesday.
Providers holding breath for Senate ‘doc fix’ vote
Mar 27, 2015
As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.
Nursing home groups support ‘doc fix’ bill
Mar 24, 2015
Leaders of the nation’s two largest long-term care associations spoke favorably Monday about a bill that would improve Medicare physician pay rates while moderately restricting LTC pay. In fact,...
Minnix blasts ‘doc fix’ formula
Mar 20, 2015
The “doc fix” that ends the Sustainable Growth Rate formula drew at least one long-term leader’s sharp criticism. The $213 billion deal, which is still to be voted on in both houses,...
Debate on permanent doc fix rages on
Mar 18, 2015
Long-term care leaders continue to brace this week for news about any new plans to pay Medicare physicians, which might siphon pay from seniors’ caregivers. Medicare physicians face a 21% pay cut...
Congress mulls Medicaid-Medicare pay parity, and end of ‘doc fixes’
Mar 16, 2015
Long-term care providers are closely monitoring two major lawmaking efforts in Washington this week that have both chambers of Congress debating a plan to end annual Medicare cuts and abolish painful “fixes”...
Providers intensify efforts to influence Congress
James M. Berklan
May 22, 2014
More than 400 long-term and post-acute care professionals from across the country completed meetings with their respective federal lawmakers Wednesday in Washington. The meetings were the conclusion of...