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A Brief Look at the GOP’s Health Care Reform Proposal and the Skilled Nursing Industry

The Republicans have put forth a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The proposal, dubbed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), not only undoes much of President Obama’s landmark health care reform, but also includes Medicaid reform. Groups like the American Health Care Association and AARP have expressed concern over parts of […]

Topics: Research
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What’s the Story on Medicaid Block Grants?

In the executive order signed on his first day in office, President Trump instructed federal agencies to prepare to grant states more flexibility in managing their health care programs, possibly clearing the way for Medicaid block grants. How could block grants affect seniors housing and care? Medicaid Funding & Block Grants Medicaid is currently funded […]

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ACA Repeal and the Impact on Long-Term Care

Shortly after the U.S. presidential election, the Senate and House began the formal process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Then, within hours of his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing all federal agencies “to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States […]

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Major Regulatory Headlines for Senior Living to Watch in 2017

From a regulatory perspective, 2016 was certainly a busy year in seniors housing and care. From new bundled payment models to revised participation requirements, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rolled out new guidance and rules at a rapid pace. With a new administration and a new leader at the helm of Health and […]

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The Power of Data to Demonstrate Value and Improve Operations

Data is quickly becoming a must-have for skilled nursing providers looking to shore up their post-acute business. Post-acute patients generally have high-acuity needs that result in higher daily reimbursements, usually by Medicare. As some hospitals and Medicare Advantage plans increasingly bear more financial risk for these patients, they will seek partnerships with providers that can demonstrate their ability to provide a high level of care and potentially avoid costly rehospitalizations. With the entry of other risk-bearing entities, such as accountable care organizations, into the marketplace, the need to demonstrate value will grow.

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