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May 31, 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...

May 06, 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)...

Apr 10, 2013, 14:14 ET

AQNHC: President Obama's FY 2014 Budget Blueprint Significantly Threatens SNF Patient Care, Workforce Stability

 While noting passage of post acute payment reforms are the ultimate answer to protecting elderly, vulnerable patients while also achieving...

Apr 08, 2013, 13:50 ET

AQNHC: Tavenner Confirmation at CMS Beneficial to Nation's Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patients

 In urging strong bipartisan support for confirming Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner when...

Mar 15, 2013, 14:27 ET

MedPAC SNF Funding Guidance Compounds Sector Instability, Raises Threat to Seniors' Care

 Noting the nation's Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) sector is already surviving on razor-thin overall operating margins, forced to absorb new...

Feb 28, 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...

Feb 27, 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...

Feb 25, 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...

Feb 22, 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...

Feb 12, 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...

Feb 08, 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...

Jan 31, 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...

Jan 16, 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...

Dec 20, 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"...

Dec 19, 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...

Dec 14, 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...

Dec 04, 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...

Nov 13, 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...

Nov 09, 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...

Nov 05, 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...