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Jan 12, 2012, 05:51 ET MedPAC Failure to Recognize Obvious Medicare-Medicaid Funding Link, Recent History of Medicare Reductions, Compounds SNF Sector Instability Threatening Care, Causing Job Losses

Noting the nation's Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) sector is already surviving on razor-thin overall operating margins, reeling from a recent 11.1...


Jan 10, 2012, 11:10 ET As S&P Releases New Warning State Budget Austerity "Here to Stay," Alliance Urges MedPAC to Recognize Medicare-Medicaid Funding Link

With the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) scheduled to soon issue its formal Medicare funding recommendations to Congress and recent...


Dec 15, 2011, 10:48 ET Alliance Urges MedPAC to Recognize Medicare-Medicaid Funding Link as Study Details Razor-Thin SNF Margins

Concurrent to a new independent study finding the nation's second largest health facility employer is already surviving on razor-thin operating...


Dec 12, 2011, 01:31 ET House Bad Debt Provision: Yet More Medicare Reductions for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

Commenting on legislation introduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives that reduces Medicare bad debt payments to help pay for the...


Dec 01, 2011, 11:32 ET Proposals to Cut Medicare Funds for SNF Bad Debt Ignore Crucial Facts, Leaves Key Health Sector Already Beset by Economic Instability "Holding the Bag"

The Obama Administration's proposal to cut Medicare bad debt payments for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is "unfair and unsustainable,...


Nov 30, 2011, 09:52 ET News Reports of 2800 Ohio Nursing Home Job Losses Validate Growing Fear Direct Care Staff Reductions Nationally Will Hurt U.S. Seniors' Care

Commenting on new reporting from Gannett News Service that 2800 jobs have been lost in 333 nursing homes throughout Ohio due to the growing Medicaid...


Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 ET New Ohio Media Reports of 2800 Lost Nursing Home Jobs Due to State-Federal Funding Squeeze Raises Fear Ohio Seniors' Care Being Jeopardized

Reacting to new news reports today from Gannett News Service that 2800 jobs have been lost in 333 nursing homes throughout Ohio due to a growing...


Nov 28, 2011, 10:16 ET Tavenner Selection to Lead CMS Praised by Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care today praised the Obama Administration's intent to nominate Marilyn Tavenner as head of the Centers for...


Nov 17, 2011, 12:24 ET As Super Committee Makes Final Decisions, AQNHC Warns U.S. SNF Sector Will Already Absorb $127 Billion in Medicare Funding Reductions Between FYs 2012-21

As the Congressional Super Committee enters the final stages of its deliberations, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care today detailed its top...


Nov 16, 2011, 11:37 ET Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Details SNF Rehospitalization Initiative

Stating that avoidable rehospitalizations represent one of the most significant issues in acute and post-acute care, and that one out of every five...


Nov 08, 2011, 12:45 ET Job Losses in U.S. Nursing Home Sector Can Be Alleviated With Three Year Phase-In of Federal Regulation

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care today said future job losses and growing economic instability in the nation's skilled nursing facilities...


Nov 07, 2011, 11:51 ET Avalere Survey: U.S. Nursing Homes Report New CMS Regulation Will Force Layoffs, Postponed Facility Renovations, Wage and Benefit Reductions

With a new federal regulation going into effect on October 1, 2011 that made substantial changes in payment methodology for therapy services – and...


Oct 24, 2011, 12:23 ET Proposals to Cut Medicare Funds for SNF Bad Debt Ignore Crucial Fact: Medicaid Overwhelmingly Accounts for Unpaid Health Care Bills for Dual Eligible Patients

The Obama Administration's proposal to cut Medicare bad debt payments for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is "unfair and unsustainable," the...


Oct 18, 2011, 01:51 ET AQNHC Says SNF Cost-Sharing Proposals Could Have Unintended Consequences: Increased Medicare Spending, Worse Beneficiary Outcomes

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, a coalition of 12 leading post-acute and long term care organizations providing skilled nursing care in...


Oct 14, 2011, 11:03 ET AQNHC Praises Schakowsky, Matsui Letter to Super Committee Stressing Medicare, Medicaid Funding Adequacy and Rejection of "Shortsighted" Cost-Sharing Proposals

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care today praised a letter from the Congressional Task Force on Seniors to the Joint Select Committee on...


Oct 12, 2011, 11:00 ET Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Care Has Improved in 9 of 10 Quality Areas, Government Data Shows

With a commitment to quality improvement and transparency, the nation's two leading long term and post-acute care organizations today released a...


Oct 11, 2011, 03:48 ET REGISTER TODAY: National Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Care Leaders Provide Update on Quality of Care in America's Nursing Facilities

On Wednesday, October 12, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care and American Health Care Association will host a teleconference featuring...


Oct 04, 2011, 02:28 ET New Federal Regulation Reduces Missouri's Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care by $116.18 Million

With a new federal regulation going into effect over the weekend that reduces Medicare funding for Missouri's skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by...


Oct 04, 2011, 01:06 ET New Federal Regulation Reduces Michigan's Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care by $185.59 Million

With a new federal regulation going into effect over the weekend that reduces Medicare funding for Michigan skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by $185....


Oct 03, 2011, 12:37 ET CMS Regulation, Now in Effect, Reduces Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care by 11.1%; Causes Alarm About Facility Job Losses

Pointing to job losses at a Nebraska nursing home attributed to a new federal Medicare regulation reducing facilities' funding by 11.1 percent --...


Oct 03, 2011, 02:57 ET As New October 1 Federal Regulation Now in Effect Reduces OH Medicare Funds by $275.1 Million for 2012, Website Launched to Update State's Key SNF Job Stats

With a new federal regulation having gone into effect over the weekend that reduces Medicare funding for Ohio's skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by...


Sep 26, 2011, 01:15 ET New Avalere Health Analysis: OH Seniors' Medicare-Funded SNF Care Reduced by $275.1 Million Due to New Federal Regulation; State Jobs Instability Amplified

A new analysis by Avalere Health finds that a new federal regulation recently issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will...


Sep 23, 2011, 10:33 ET New Policy Paper Urges Super Committee to Evaluate Cost Efficiency of Nursing Facilities and Their Key Role in Health Care Cost Containment

As the Congressional Super Committee pursues deficit reduction this fall, the new September 2011 "Care Context" health policy series, released today...


Sep 21, 2011, 05:04 ET Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care: In DC Deficit Reduction Discussion, Quality Patient Care Inextricably Linked to Provider Funding

Taking issue with one of the developing narratives in the ongoing deficit reduction discussions -- that Medicare funding reductions "only to...


Sep 19, 2011, 02:39 ET Alliance Strongly Opposes President Obama's New Medicare, Medicaid Cuts While Noting Benefit of Correctly Rationalizing, Improving Medicare Post-Acute Payment System

Noting that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide high quality care to seniors while also benefiting taxpayers with cost efficient care delivery, ...