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Providers, states, policy makers face tough decisions over expiration of matching Medicaid funding

Today is the first day without Medicaid’s extended, inflated matching pay rates of the last two years, a scenario that has state officials and providers worrying about what will come next. The bigger FMAP rates were part of the 2009 stimulus package. Originally, the extra pay was to end in December 2010, but then it was continued, on a declining basis, through Thursday. Some policy wonks are suggesting the rates simply be extended, with states paying back Uncle Sam when their economies recover. Budget hawks, meanwhile, have resisted efforts to extend the more generous rates. Providers are concerned about ever tighter Medicaid funding and are lobbying their respective lawmakers about it. Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home services in the United States.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Senators introduce transparency bill and GAO report revealing under-funded survey system

A new Government Accountability Office report shows that the survey and certification system lacks the funding necessary to keep pace with its oversight responsibilities. Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) on Thursday released the report in conjunction with the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2009, a bill that inflamed nursing home providers when it was initially introduced last year.

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