Therapy Cap

Industry push to end therapy cap limits has come up short

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Providers and Medicare Part B beneficiaries were hoping for a reprieve at press time from therapy caps that kicked into full effect when Congress failed to repeal them or extend a broad exceptions process by Jan. 1.

GOP floats spending bill with therapy cap repeal, other health funding elements

GOP floats spending bill with therapy cap repeal, other health funding elements

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A bill that would permanently repeal Medicare Part B therapy caps is alive, but its hopes for passage this week remain dim.

Push for therapy caps' elimination takes on new urgency

Push for therapy caps' elimination takes on new urgency

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Several therapy associations Thursday called on Congress to permanently end Medicare Part B caps on physical, speech and occupational therapy by adding language to a funding measure expected next week.

Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniors

Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniors

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While the temporary government funding bill passed Monday night gives a deeply divided Congress more time to negotiate a final budget deal, advocacy groups said it overlooks the fact that several senior causes need immediate solutions.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Dec. 20

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Coalition asks Congress to extend hold on therapy caps for Part B beneficiaries ... Former cop charged with stealing fentanyl patches — from nursing home patients' bodies ... Screening could prevent a quarter of hip fractures in older women

House to vote on skilled nursing facility readmissions penalties, ICD-10 extension

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Skilled nursing facilities could see reimbursements tied to their number of hospital readmissions starting in 2018, under Medicare legislation announced by House and Senate leaders Wednesday. The bill also would delay the transition to the ICD-10 coding system for a year and prevent scheduled payment cuts to physicians.

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.