AHCA/NCAL Supports the Reintroduction of Renacci Bill to Protect Quality of Care for Seniors
Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today commended Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) for reintroducing the Creating Access to Rehabilitation for Every Senior (CARES) Act of 2015 (H.R. 290). The legislation eliminates the three-day inpatient stay requirement currently required by the Medicare program.
“The reintroduction of this bill serves as a reminder that this problem is not going away,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We applaud Congressman Renacci’s commitment to addressing the problems associated with a required three-day stay in a hospital to access skilled nursing care. He is a champion for seniors and those individuals who need our services.”
The CARES Act of 2015, which was first introduced in 2013, eliminates the three-day inpatient stay required for Medicare coverage of Part A skilled nursing care benefits by allowing centers that meet particular criteria to automatically qualify to waive the prior hospitalization requirement. The criteria are based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare program.
“Solving this issue is a priority both on the Hill and within our communities,” said Clifton J. Porter II, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for AHCA/NCAL. “This bill will give millions of seniors and individuals who need skilled nursing services access to the quality care they deserve without the shock of unexpected medical costs. I commend Congressman Renacci for his continued work on this important issue. We look forward to working with Congress this year to pass legislation that fixes this issue once and for all.”
AHCA/NCAL supports eliminating the three-day stay requirement and solving the related issue of observation stays. For more information about observation stays and the three-day stay requirement, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.