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Senate GOP bill calls for deep Medicaid cuts

June 22, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Senate Republicans have finally revealed their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It is similar to the House version but key differences could make it a tough sell among Republicans with a razor-thin margin for passage. 

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.

Breaking down the CBO report: How AHCA could affect seniors

May 28, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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How could the proposed AHCA legislation affect older adults? What could happen to Medicaid and the ability to find insurance coverage? We explain the actual CBO report section by section.

Trump’s budget plan slashes Medicaid

May 25, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The president’s 2018 budget includes a proposal for more than $610 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade. 

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 Final Rule: Compliance and ethics programs

May 11, 2017  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN
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SNF compliance and ethics programs aren’t optional anymore, and in some cases, may require additional staff roles. Are your programs survey-ready?

House passes AHCA bill by 4 votes

May 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The promise of $8 billion for high-risk and pre-existing conditions pushed the bill in the GOP's favor. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where the margins for passage are predicted to be tougher.

CMS: SNF antipsychotic use at lowest level since 2011

April 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The prevalence of antipsychotics in SNFs has dropped consistently since the CMS mandate to reduce unnecessary usage went into effect in 2012.

CMS funds nursing home for prisoners

April 28, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A Connecticut nursing home will receive federal funding to help pay for and provide care to the state’s aging inmates. 

Congress to CMS: bolster oversight audits

April 28, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to explain nearly $125 million in potential overcharges for Medicare Advantage plans. 

The ACA and Medicaid

April 5, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
blog

After months of political leverage on repealing the Affordable Care Act, the GOP decided to ditch its new House bill without voting on it. Now what?

GOP withdraws healthcare act bill

March 27, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Minutes before the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to withdraw the bill, citing lack of support. The bill would have made sweeping changes to Medicaid. 

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