Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association issued the following statement from President and CEO Mark Parkinson as the Senate Finance Committee prepared to hold a hearing to discuss Medicare Physicians Payments:
“Skilled nursing providers support developing a long term solution that ensures physicians are appropriately reimbursed for their services. However, our profession strongly believes that any permanent solution for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) must address the therapy cap exceptions process. Without a permanent therapy cap fix, Congress will put at risk the important therapy services that millions of seniors rely on.
“We hope Congress can devise these solutions without looking to long term and post-acute care providers as a pay-for. Tapping one group of providers to assist another doesn’t strengthen the system, and more importantly, it won’t link the help for those seniors who will need both physician and skilled nursing care at some point in their lives.
“Our profession is ready and willing to work with Congress to offer solutions. Our recent proposal to reduce costly rehospitalizations is one example of where we can help, while also finding efficiencies in the health care system.”
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.