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National Long Term Care Community Business Coalition Cautions Severe $16 Billion Medicare Cuts to Nursing Home Care Will Not Only Jeopardize Quality Care to Seniors but Deeply Impact Businesses that Support Sector, Contribute to Local Economies
Date:8/4/2009

Draconian Cuts to Medicare Compounded by Further Cuts Proposed in House Healthcare Reform Legislation and Inadequate Medicaid Funding from Weakened State Budgets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Cares Coalition (CoCares) - a national coalition of community long term care businesses and organizations providing key services to the long term care skilled nursing community - today cautioned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') final rule cutting Medicare payments for skilled nursing care by as much as $16 billion over ten years will not only negatively impact high quality nursing home care for our nation's aging seniors, but have dire consequences far beyond the walls of the skilled nursing facility and be directly felt by local and state economies across the nation. A recent analysis on the impact of the rule indicates the U.S. economy would reduce business activity by $2.5 billion.

"It is simply unrealistic to believe that a $16 billion cut in Medicare funds to skilled nursing care is not going to impact quality care for the seniors who need it most, including vital rehabilitation services that assist our elderly in regaining independence and returning to their homes," said Jill Capela, CEO and founder of Orthopaedic & Neurological Rehabilitation Inc. (ONR), located in Austin, TX and one of the nation's leading contract rehabilitation therapy companies providing a complete range of physical, occupational and speech therapy to skilled nursing facilities and a member of CoCares. "This administrative rule will trigger instability in the long term care workforce that directly cares for our elderly and is employed by many small, community long term care businesses that serve as the backbone to local economies."

Hardening the blow from the rule is another $44.9 billion in cuts proposed in the U.S. House of Re
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