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31 May, 2013, 09:17 ET New Analysis of U.S. SNF Sector: Margins, Access to Capital Reaching Critical Condition

 A new analysis of the U.S. skilled nursing facility sector's (SNF) total margin performance and access to capital finds the nation's second...


06 May, 2013, 10:31 ET Analysis of U.S. Nursing Home Care Quality Details Continuing Progress for Patients

 A new wide-ranging report detailing long-term, post-acute and rehabilitative care quality trends in U.S. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)...


28 Feb, 2013, 14:15 ET Analysis: DC Sequester Cuts Texas Seniors' Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care $51 Million

With federal sequester cuts scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, March 1st, an analysis by the non partisan health policy research firm Avalere...


27 Feb, 2013, 14:22 ET ATTN Health/Business Writers: DC Sequester Nursing Home Medicare Cuts Detailed By State

 With the clock ticking on March 1, 2013 Medicare cuts to nursing homes resulting from the onset of the federal Budget Relief Act's sequester...


25 Feb, 2013, 12:40 ET New Schumer Bill Helps Vulnerable Nursing Home Patients by Addressing Unfair, Costly Hospital "Observation Stays"

 The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC) today praised the introduction of New York Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) bill, the...


22 Feb, 2013, 14:37 ET As NGA Convenes, National Long Term Care Leader Underscores Crucial Nature of Medicaid 'Provider Assessment' in Preserving Seniors' Access to Quality Nursing Home Care

AQNHC: As Governors Grapple With Medicaid Expansion, Federal Government Must Preserve States' Ability to Fund Existing Medicaid Commitments and...


12 Feb, 2013, 15:43 ET Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Chairman, Stephen L. Guillard, Appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to Serve on New Long Term Care Commission

 The Chairman of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, Stephen L. Guillard, has been named by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to serve...


08 Feb, 2013, 10:47 ET Re-nomination of Tavenner to Lead CMS Praised by Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

Tenure as Virginia Health Secretary Underscores Her Understanding of Medicare-Medicaid Interrelationship in Delivery of High Quality Long Term and...


31 Jan, 2013, 12:53 ET Amid New ATRA Medicare Part B SNF Medicare Cut, Recent Headlines Spotlight Sector Economic Instability, Credit Crunch, Facility Closure

WSJ Reports Lenders Fear SNF Sector's Ongoing Exposure to Funding "Curtailments", Texas Facility Closing Due to 11% Medicare Cut/3% Medicaid...


16 Jan, 2013, 10:18 ET Avalere Finds SNFs Face Still More Medicare Cuts Due to Fiscal Cliff Package

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC) today released new data from Avalere showing that provisions contained in the fiscal cliff...


20 Dec, 2012, 08:44 ET New O'Malley Letter to President Obama and Senate, House Leadership Stresses Urgency of Upholding State Medicaid Flexibility

Maryland Governor Says Provider Assessments "Instrumental in Preserving Access to High Quality Care in Nation's Skilled Nursing Facilities"...


19 Dec, 2012, 12:50 ET AQNHC Releases New "Three Pillars of Post Acute Reform" Policy Outline as Urgency of Passing Key Medicare Payment Reforms Grow

 In releasing its new "Three Pillars of Post Acute Reform" policy outline during a media conference call today, the Alliance for...


14 Dec, 2012, 14:15 ET New NGA/NASBO Fiscal Survey of States Spotlights Ongoing Fragility of Nation's SNF Sector

As the new fiscal survey of states released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) and National Association of State Budget Officers...


04 Dec, 2012, 11:14 ET Governors' Meeting Today With President Obama Underscores Importance of Upholding State Medicaid Flexibility as Medicare Cuts Loom for Nation's Nursing Home Patients

 As three Democratic and GOP Governors meet at the White House today to discuss how going over the so-called 'fiscal cliff' will impact...


13 Nov, 2012, 11:10 ET AQNHC: Governors Key to Helping Uphold State Medicaid Flexibility as SNF Providers, Patients Brace for Nearly $4 Billion FY 2014 Medicare Reductions

As Congress returns today, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC) is stressing the increasing vulnerability of the U.S. Skilled Nursing...


09 Nov, 2012, 14:11 ET AQNHC on President Obama, Speaker Boehner Fiscal Cliff Remarks: With $65 Billion SNF Medicare Cuts in Place, Time to Move Beyond "Just Trying to Whack Reimbursement Rates"

Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Concurs With New Gail Wilensky Comment That "Just trying to whack reimbursement rates does not work over the...


05 Nov, 2012, 10:32 ET Campaign 2012 Has Boosted Importance and Value of Nursing Home Care in Public Policy Dialogue, AQNHC Leader Says

Presidential and Congressional Campaigns Helped Sharpen Focus on How Provider Cuts Also Hurt Patients; Avalere CEO Dan Mendelson Notes Important...


23 Oct, 2012, 10:10 ET 2012 Campaign Reminder: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Create 1.12 Million Jobs, Produce $127.8 Billion in Economic Output in Nation's 50 Most Populous Metropolitan Areas

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  As seniors' health care, the economy and jobs are a central focus of the 2012 campaign discussion...


10 Oct, 2012, 10:44 ET In Run-Up to VP Debate, Both Parties' Proposed Changes to Medicaid-Funded Nursing Home Care Questioned

"No Doubt" Administration and House GOP Proposals to Lower Medicaid Provider Tax Threshold Will Threaten Nursing Home Patients, AQNHC Warns...


03 Oct, 2012, 13:18 ET Pennsylvania $24.2 Million Medicare Cut Now in Effect for State Nursing Homes, Patients

October 1st Medicare Cut From Federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Now Kicking-In; At Debate, Obama and Romney Urged to Discuss...


02 Oct, 2012, 11:19 ET Florida $60.5 Million Medicare Cut Now in Effect for State Nursing Homes, Patients

New $60.5 million cuts to Florida seniors' Medicare-funded nursing home care formally kicked-in yesterday, October 1st, as a result of the...


21 Sep, 2012, 10:23 ET $30.7 Million Cut to Louisiana Seniors' Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care Begins Kicking-In October 1st, 2012

With AARP Speeches from Obama and Ryan Scheduled Today in New Orleans, AQNHC Says Cascade of Nursing Home Funding Cuts Warrants More Discussion, New...


18 Sep, 2012, 10:07 ET Closer Look at "Vague" Sequester Report: Ohio Seniors' Medicare-Funded SNF Care to be Cut $37.3 Million on January 1, 2013

 Filling in details and context to what National Journal characterized as a "vague" Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report detailing how...


17 Sep, 2012, 10:07 ET Closer Look at "Vague" Sequester Report: Seniors' Medicare Funded Nursing Home Care Hardest Hit in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts

 Filling in details and context to what National Journal characterized as a "vague" Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report detailing how...


12 Sep, 2012, 11:28 ET In 12 States With Heaviest Cumulative 2012 Presidential Ad Spending, Sequester Will Cut Senior's Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care by Quarter Billion Dollars

 In the twelve states that have been the focus of the heaviest cumulative paid media spending in the 2012 presidential campaign, U.S seniors'...