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White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

White House proposes ‘accelerated’ skilled nursing facility payment cuts

The White House’s proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation’s largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to “encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers.”

President Barack Obama

Medicare concessions possible, Obama says

President Obama touched on several issues that matter to long-term care operators during last month’s State of the Union address. His most urgent message to lawmakers: Do not not allow sequestration cuts to kick in. Otherwise, providers will feel the pinch of an automatic 2% Medicare funding cut.

‘Bed tax’ reform threat looms

Nursing homes could be hurt if the federal government lowers the Medicaid provider tax safe harbor threshold to reduce the national deficit, according to a January report from the Congressional Research Service.

White House will not touch Medicaid in proposed budget

White House will not touch Medicaid in proposed budget

The Obama administration will not cut Medicaid spending in its upcoming 2014 budget proposal, according to senior White House advisor Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council. Sperling spoke Thursday at a Washington, D.C., event sponsored by Families USA, an advocacy group for healthcare consumers.

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