Long term, post-acute care profession supports thoughtful reforms, not arbitrary cuts
Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), in response to the release of President Obama’s FY2015 proposed budget:
“The long term and post-acute care profession has endured billions in cuts over the last several years. Unfortunately, the President’s latest budget contains billions more in Medicare cuts that would jeopardize our ability to continue to provide access to quality care. The math doesn’t add up, especially when the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) concluded that overall margins for the skilled nursing profession are only 1.8 percent.
“Our profession is ready to address our nation’s budget problems with solutions that don’t simply rely on further cuts. One example in the President’s budget is a proposal to reduce costly readmissions to hospitals. We have a proposal on Capitol Hill that would do just that, saving Medicare nearly $2 billion while improving health outcomes. Another is a proposal to bundle payments for post-acute care (PAC) services. We support the President’s approach to PAC-only bundles and his understanding that PAC providers are best positioned to appropriately manage patient care in PAC settings. Finally, we support the President’s proposal for payment equalization for certain conditions treated in both inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing care centers.
“Working with the Administration and Congress, we can make a difference on behalf of America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.”
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.