Washington, DC – The following is a statement from the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) President & CEO Mark Parkinson regarding the release of the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the fiscal year 2015 skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (SNF PPS):
“The two percent market basket increase to providers’ Medicare reimbursement included in this rule is welcome news for skilled nursing providers. Multiple government reductions in recent years have strained long term and post-acute care providers. A stable, reliable Medicare payment system is one important element in keeping skilled nursing care accessible to our seniors.
“AHCA will continue working together with CMS and the Administration to ensure Medicare remains a strong program for its beneficiaries requiring skilled nursing services.”
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.