We have updated the Medicare Part-B rate calculation tool for final rates reflecting provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law in December 2013. The law allowed for a 0.5% average increase in Medicare payment rates and extended the 2% sequestration cut for all health care providers for another 2 years. Access to this tool requires login via My.LeadingAge.
Paycheck to Paycheck is comprised of an online, interactive database and accompanying report prepared by the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference, that compares wages for selected occupations with the income needed to buy or rent a home.
LeadingAge has filed formal comments on the extensive proposed rule CMS released on July 16, to revise the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes. Our comment letter [link here to the document] goes through each issue, line-by-line. Many of our comments are illustrated by the many recommendations you, our members, submitted on the proposed rule. We greatly appreciate your input and also the recommendations that you filed directly with CMS. In this case, volume really matters.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a revised version of the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User Manual v1.13.
The U.S. Congress now appears to be on track to keep government operations and programs in operation by passing a continuing resolution before the 2016 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015. We expect this continuing appropriation to last through December 11. Fiscal 2016 challenges remain, including possible budget reconciliation and debt ceiling legislation.