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New Studies of Bush Administration $770 Million SNF Medicare Cut Find Seniors' Care Jeopardized, Local Jobs Lost, National and State Economies Threatened
Date:5/13/2008

achusetts. The analysis, computed by the AHCA Reimbursement and Research Department using Office of Management and Budget (OMB) data from the Bush Administration's FY 2009 Budget and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), finds the following:

Rank State Total Reduction (Millions) Per Patient Day

#1 California $64.9 $13.69

#2 Florida $62.3 $11.66

#3 New York $50.0 $11.12

#4 Texas $47.0 $10.34

#5 Ohio $44.8 $10.92

#6 Illinois $42.2 $11.09

#7 Pennsylvania $36.2 $10.66

#8 New Jersey $34.6 $13.09

#9 Michigan $28.7 $11.20

#10 Massachusetts $27.1 $12.01

U.S. Total $770 $11.12

"In addition to the negative impact the CMS policy will have on our economy and employment base, the regulatory changes will severely undermine the growing complex health care needs of America's oldest, sickest seniors," Yarwood continued. "The more lawmakers on both sides of the aisle learn about the nature and negative impact of the Bush Administration's regulatory changes, especially as they relate to how it impacts their states' seniors, the more we predict they will seek to halt them."

Alan Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, said the CMS rule "will unquestionably undermine our profession's long-standing goals of increased efficiency and effectiveness -- which benefits nursing home patients, our caregiver workforce, and taxpayers alike." In moving forward with these regulatory cuts, he continued, "CMS fails to factor-in important changes in Administration-initiated Medicare policies that, as intended, are succes
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SOURCE The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care; AmericanHealth Care
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