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CMS raises reimbursement by 1%, pushes VBP

August 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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With the Value-Based Purchasing program due to begin in 2019, CMS is pushing SNFs to get on board with performance baselines now.

Senate says no to 'skinny repeal' healthcare bill version

July 28, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The Senate has voted 51-49 to keep the Affordable Care Act law the way it is—for now. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s time to “move on.”

412 charged in largest-ever fraud bust

July 19, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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July has been a record-breaking month for the Department of Justice’s fraud squad, which orchestrated a 30-state takedown totaling $1.3 billion in fraudulent or illegal activities.

The new LTC bundle: housing and insurance

July 18, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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A few nursing home companies have begun selling their own private insurance policies on the Medicare Advantage market

Medicare Advantage plans murky on benefits

July 18, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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A recent report from the Government Accountability Office found one-quarter of reviewed plans had disproportionality high numbers of sicker people dropping out.

Senate GOP issues revisions to BCRA health bill

July 13, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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GOP senators make a few big changes to the BCRA bill but stick to their guns on tax repeals and cuts to Medicaid.

States must beef up LTSS for boomers

July 6, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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AARP concluded in a recent report that states are improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) but aren’t keeping pace with growing demand. 

An open letter to Congress

June 30, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears
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Blogger Kathleen Mears writes legislators about how the proposed healthcare legislation would affect her and fellow nursing home residents.

How the Senate healthcare bill could affect seniors

June 29, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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The Senate’s proposed healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, calls for deep cuts to Medicaid. The program pays for about two-thirds of the 1.4 million seniors who live in nursing homes. 

Louisiana legislators limit long-term care competition

June 14, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Lawmakers have successfully extended a moratorium to restrict assisted living facilities from entering the market.

Helping Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions

May 19, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, which increases care delivery options for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS extends deadline for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Settings compliance

May 12, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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State Medicaid programs will get more time to comply with CMS’s new rules on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings.

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