Long-term care operators who have applied for Phase 4 Provider Relief or rural COVID-19 relief payments won’t receive the awards until mid-December, after a distribution delay was announced by the Health...
Experts propose new Medicare payment model that emphasizes collaboration between nursing homes, hospitals
Nov 19, 2021
Post-acute care facilities could benefit from a new, comprehensive care payment model that would reimburse providers through collaborations with hospitals that aim to improve care and outcomes for residents,...
Lawsuit threatens first-of-its-kind public long-term care insurance program
Nov 18, 2021
A first-of-its-kind state program that funds long-term care through a mandatory payroll tax is being challenged in federal court.
New rule’s 15% pay cuts for therapy assistants called ‘devastating’
Nov 04, 2021
The day after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, Industry stakeholders were searching for bright spots. Potentially “devastating” 15%...
BREAKING: CMS finalizes therapy pay cuts in 2022 Physician Pay Rule, and extends COVID reporting period
Nov 02, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a 15% payment reduction for physical and occupational therapy assistants, and extended temporary telehealth services added to Medicare during the...
Providers’ best chances in federal budget talks lie with funding for infection prevention, staffing:...
James M. Berklan
Oct 13, 2021
OXON HILL, MD — Long-term care interests are clearly down the priority line in federal budget negotiators, one of the industry’s top lobbyists noted Tuesday, but several key topics also have earned...
Long-term care’s problems are bad and getting worse — but fixable
Stephen A. Moses
Oct 01, 2021
The long-term care business is hurting: labor shortages, wage pressures, vax mandates, too much Medicaid, too little private pay, value-based reimbursement, MedPAC vs. Medicare and so on and on. What should...
SNFs have advantage with new provider relief funds, one key is filing early
Sep 13, 2021
Skilled nursing facilities should have the advantage against other healthcare providers in getting much needed additional COVID-19 relief funds being made available by the Department of Health and Human...
BREAKING: HHS releases $25.5 billion in additional provider relief funds
Sep 10, 2021
Providers can begin applying for their share of an additional $25.5 billion in COVID-19 relief funds starting Sept. 29, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday morning.
Zimmet warns: PDPM ‘reprieve’ could mean 10 percent cuts next year
James M. Berklan
Aug 12, 2021
Providers basking in what appeared to be a major bright spot of the 2022 SNF PPS final pay rule still have plenty to be worried about, one of the industry’s leading payment experts warned Wednesday.