Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from the American Health Care Association’s President & CEO Mark Parkinson regarding the proposed fiscal year 2015 skilled nursing facility prospective payment system:
“America’s skilled nursing care centers are pleased to see a proposed two percent market basket increase to providers’ Medicare reimbursement. These centers have shared in the sacrifice plenty through multiple government reductions over recent years. A stable Medicare payment system is essential in keeping skilled nursing care accessible to our seniors.
“AHCA will continue to analyze the proposed rule to fully understand its potential impact on the profession. As always, we look forward to working with CMS to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to the quality, post-acute care they need in our nation’s skilled nursing centers.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.