Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association issued the following statement from President and CEO Mark Parkinson in conjunction with today’s House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health hearing on the President’s and other bipartisan proposals to reform Medicare Post-Acute Care Payments:
“The long term and post-acute care profession is encouraged by the Committee’s willingness to consider proposals that do more than simply cut payments to health care providers. Skilled nursing centers are already reeling from deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, as reflected in our razor-thin operating margins.
“There’s only one way to solve the impending Medicare crisis – through bipartisanship. All other options introduce too much politics, too much potential harm to the seniors we care for.
“We are solutions-driven. The AHCA proposal to reduce hospital readmissions means a more efficient health care system and better quality care for patients. We appreciate the Committee exploring payment reforms that are based more on the quality of patient care rather than the location in which care is provided. We will continue to advocate for meaningful Medicare and Medicaid reform so that we can ensure access to quality long term and post-acute care.”
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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.