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Bill would exempt providers from automatic Medicare cuts

Many long-term care providers feel they earned at least a moral victory late last month when the president’s so-called debt-reduction “super committee” could not agree on recommendations. That meant nothing worse than automatic 2% across-the-board cuts could be imposed. Now, there may be a reprieve on the horizon from even the 2% cuts.

LeadingAge: Tough times ahead for long-term care providers

LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix openly acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that the next two years could be tense and difficult for long-term care providers. He was just one of a handful of experts painting a grave outlook.

Joseph DeMattos Jr., President of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland

Providers react to super-committee’s failure to reach debt deal

Members of the congressional “super-committee” announced Monday that the panel has failed to devise a deficit reduction plan ahead of its Wednesday deadline, drawing sharp criticism from provider groups. The 12-member, bipartisan committee was tasked with finding a way to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget deficit over 10 years by a Nov. 23 deadline.

Will they or won’t they (recommend payment cuts)? All eyes on the debt reduction ‘super committee’

Providers, and the rest of the country, will learn Wednesday whether President Obama’s congressional “super committee” has agreed on a combination of funding cuts and tax increases that total $1.2 trillion. Technically called the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, it has been extremely tight-lipped about its work of several months. If the bipartisan mix of Senate and House members can’t agree on recommendations, automatic 2% funding cuts will begin in 2013. Fearful that any alternative could be worse, many providers are hoping for the 2% across-the-board cuts, and some have already factored them into future planning.

Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the “super committee.”

Make therapy caps lower, streamline review process, MedPAC chairman urges House committee

Former government official warns against Medicaid cuts

At a forum last week, a former Health and Human Services official said that cutting Medicaid during an economic downturn is unwise. According to published reports, Tim Westmoreland compared Medicaid cuts to the trimming of FEMA outlays during an earthquake.

All eyes turn to deficit-reduction ‘super-committee’ and possible provider payment cuts

The president’s special debt-reduction ‘super-committee’ will hold a hearing Tuesday to review proposals, some of which include big healthcare-funding cuts. The secretive, bipartisan committee, which comprises lawmakers from both chambers of Congress, has been atypically tight-lipped about its ongoing discussions. Recommendations on how to eliminate more than $1 trillion in federal spending will be due no later than three weeks after Tuesday’s hearing. A report earlier this week said panel Democrats are nearing agreement on a proposal that would cut about $400 billion in Medicare funding. However, details about where the cuts would be made, like many aspects of the panel’s deliberations, were not specified. Long-term care providers have prepared themselves for potential 2% “across the board” cuts but fear they will be targeted for even more.

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