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Mark Parkinson speaks with Jon Howell, David Norsworthy and Donna Childress

Nursing home groups support ‘doc fix’ bill

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, the head the American Health Care Association said the group will “enthusiastically support” a bill that would end the “doc fix” issue, provided the final language is what it expects.

Congress gets tough on EHR interoperability

Providers using incompatible or uncertified electronic health record systems by the end of 2018 could face reduced Medicare reimbursements under a bill introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress.

LeadingAge's Larry Minnix

Minnix blasts ‘doc fix’ formula

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, will be partially financed by $35 billion in cuts to Medicare beneficiaries’ benefits.

NASL winter conference to focus on regulatory, legislative issues

The Winter Legislative and Regulatory Conference of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care takes place Monday through Wednesday in Washington. In addition to Congressional visits, the gathering will feature an address by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the vice chairwoman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, as well as Marc Hartstein, a director from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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