New bill improves on nursing home surveys and surveyor training
Aug 01, 2013
A new House bill aims to improve the nursing home survey process, enhance whistleblower protections for surveyors and establish an advisory committee for CMS that would include skilled nursing facility...
Congressional leaders call for hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Mar 11, 2013
The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee should hold hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, according to a March 7 letter from lawmakers.
House Republicans aim to block board’s Medicare authority
Jan 04, 2013
Republican House leaders say they will continue to fight a part of the healthcare reform law that could lead to Medicare spending reductions without direct input from Congress. The House was scheduled...
Nursing home lobbyists fight back against proposed provider tax reduction
Dec 21, 2012
As lawmakers negotiated a budget deal Thursday, the American Health Care Association voiced its objection to cutting the Medicaid Provider Assessment statutory threshold.
House bill hopes to determine if there really is an app for that
Oct 10, 2012
Providers can now download thousands of mobile health applications. These apps allow users to examine issues ranging from glucose levels to resident movement. But it’s not always easy to tell which...
Congress votes to prevent whopping physician pay cut
Dec 23, 2011
The House and Senate voted Friday morning to pass a two-month extension of the so-called “doc fix,” preventing a scheduled 27.4% cut in Medicare payments for physicians.
Medicare Part D sponsors may be overcharging beneficiaries; investigation sought
Mar 10, 2011
Congressional Democrats are calling for a full review of the Medicare Part D program following a recent audit that found that many program sponsors have been overcharging beneficiaries by underestimating...