Skilled Nursing Providers Answer Call to Improve Care Quality

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF), like hospitals, have recently been subject to federal scrutiny for avoidable hospital readmissions, and new reports and data show that quality improvements are taking hold. The 30-day re-hospitalization rate for post-acute skilled nursing patients showed significant decline from 21.6% in FY 2007 to 20.9% in FY 2011, according to new analysis […]

Updated: AARP, Senior Care Industry Blast Obama’s Medicare Budget Cuts

Even after steep cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements that went into effect last October, President Obama’s 2013 Federal Budget calls for still more Medicare payment and reimbursement reductions, causing associations representing the skilled nursing and home healthcare industries to blast back against the Administration’s strategy of “cuts only” without reforms. The budget report proposes […]

Study Reveals Frozen Medicaid Payments to SNFs in 40 States

Between 2010 and 2012, skilled nursing facilities in 40 states across the nation dealt with Medicaid payment rates that were either cut or frozen, highlighting the importance of stabilizing federal nursing home rates, according to a recent Avalere survey. “These findings speak to the financial pressures nursing facilities face on the Medicaid front,” said Emil Parker, […]

Alliance to MedPAC: Don’t Make Medicare Funding Decisions in a Vacuum

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) should make Medicare funding decisions based upon the “significant, documented underfunding of skilled nursing facility patient care by state Medicaid programs,” says the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care. This recommendation was made after a recent study found the nursing home industry is existing on “razor-thin” operating margins due […]

Update: Alliance, AHCA Battle House Proposal to Reduce Medicare “Bad Debt” Payments

On Tuesday night, Dec. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that included reducing Medicare bad debt payments, a proposal decried by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care as it will “unfairly impact” skilled nursing facilities, and further contribute to sector instability. The provision, Section 2224 of […]