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2% Medicare payment reductions begin today

April 2, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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The waiting is over. No resolution to the budget crisis means that sequestration begins—today. Long-term care facilities will feel the effects upfront, but a quieter casuality might be healthcare's information technology and data-sharing initiatives.

White House, Congress might consider combining Medicare Parts A and B

March 28, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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Sweeping changes may be on the horizon for the way Medicare billing is divided, as President Obama and Republicans put the idea of combining Medicare Parts A and B back on the discussion table, the New York Times reports today.

CMMI, Senate committee lock horns over innovation projects

March 25, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) got a tongue-lashing from the Senate Finance Committee, while CMMI’s director explains that testing new models takes time before payment reforms can be put into action.

MedPAC to Congress: Reduce SNF payments by 4% in 2014

March 18, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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Skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies face payment reductions, but hospices and long-term care hospitals get a first-round bye in MedPAC's latest Medicare payment recommendations to Congress.

Final 3 members appointed to LTC commission

March 13, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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President Obama adds the last three names to the Long Term Care Commission, completing the group's bipartisan membership.

Social services key to delivering senior healthcare at lower cost

March 11, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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Improving healthcare delivery for seniors might take greater investment in an often-ignored component: Social services.

SNF surveys: Do they tell the whole story?

March 8, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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Nursing home consumers—residents and their families—say the survey process has flaws that need to be addressed, according to a new report from the Coalition for Quality Care.

CMS: Penalties are working to reduce hospital readmissions

March 1, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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New data on hospital readmission shows that healthcare reform is making an impact--changing the rates for the first time in five years, says CMS.

Calif. plans 85% increase in LTC insurance rates for public employees

March 1, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the country's third-largest health benefits purchaser,  dropped a bombshell on its long-term care policyholders—switch LTC policies or deal with a massive rate increase.

OIG: Nursing homes provide ‘criminally poor care,’ fail on care plans

February 28, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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A new report from the Office of Inspector General accuses skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) of misusing their Medicare payments, since more than one-third of SNFs don’t fulfill—or even create—the care plans and discharge goals required for their residents.

N.J.’s Gov. Christie joins GOPs reconsidering Medicaid expansion

February 27, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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N.J.’s Gov. Chris Christie is the latest republican governor to change his mind about expanding the state Medicaid program.

C. Everett Koop dies at 96

February 26, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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Widely recognized by his bushy beard and somber uniform, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became a household name for his anti-smoking campaign.

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