Category: SNF

Health Providers Must Emphasize Cost-Efficiency in FY 2012 Budget Debate

Capitol Hill lawmakers, regulators and the media have heard it all before at the onset of the annual budget dance: No cuts to Medicare — especially as state budgetary chaos has eroded Medicaid funding stability. With the 2012 budget debate about to get underway on Capitol Hill, the nature and composition of the new Congress — with an eye on spending cuts — will require health care providers of every stripe to emphasize how they’re part of the solution when it comes to saving tax dollars.

Medicare Cuts in House Health Reform Bill Politically Unrealistic

The health care reform bill (HR 3962) that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by the slimmest of margins last week was dealt a serious setback this weekend when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new study that, according to the Washington Post, “found Medicare cuts contained in the health package approved by the House on Nov. 7 are likely to prove so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.”