Top questions providers should ask their rehab team
Jul 01, 2021
Two weeks ago, I came to you with a blog focused on quality. Specifically, “Proposed rule and quality: What your rehab team should know.” Following this piece, I received the comment below from a...
Provider groups ‘appalled’ by CMS rule that would trim SNF payments by 11.1%
Aug 01, 2011
Provider groups slammed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday after the agency issued a final rule that would reduce Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities by $3.87 billion for...
Administration explains possible huge nursing home pay-rate reduction
May 13, 2011
A possible Medicare payment rate reduction to skilled nursing facilities relates to higher-than-expected therapy classifications, federal officials explained Thursday.
Providers grapple with CMS ‘rule’
James M. Berklan
May 03, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a lot of long-term care providers shaking their heads. They’re not sure they heard one of CMS’s latest proposed rules right.
What a year it was for nursing homes!
Dec 29, 2010
It’s too bad that 2010 should end with a damning report about Medicare overbilling. It’s not exactly the best way for nursing home providers to greet the new year.
Ode to the lame-duck session
Dec 22, 2010
Lawmakers have been earning their keep lately. Given all the legislation that has passed, I could not resist writing this little holiday poem.
President signs Medicare extenders bill, Congress passes bill to create HHS national Alzheimer’s...
Dec 17, 2010
President Obama this week signed a measure that will extend the therapy caps exceptions process through 2011, restore the implementation date of RUG-IV to 2010 and delay a Medicare payment cut to doctors.
The road to the RUG-IV-related repeal
Dec 10, 2010
Some good news—and just in time for the holidays. Nursing home providers can ring in 2011 knowing that residents will not be denied Medicare Part B outpatient therapy and the RUG-IV system won’t...
**SPECIAL BULLETIN: House votes to repeal RUG-IV delay, extend therapy caps exception process**
Dec 09, 2010
Medicare’s RUG-IV system that began in October will remain in place, thanks to a $19.2 billion package passed today in the House of Representatives. The legislation also extends Medicare’s...
House passes one-month ‘doc fix’
Nov 30, 2010
Following the Senate’s lead, the U.S. House Wednesday voted to extend current Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians through the end of the year. Other items, including legislation affecting...