Navigation Links
New Study of House Health Reform Bill: Iowa Faces Over $348 Million in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over Ten Years
Date:8/24/2009

Proposed Medicare Cuts Will Harm Seniors' Care, Place Nearly 500 Iowa Nursing Staff Jobs in Jeopardy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Health Care Association analysis of the pending House health reform bill, combined with the impact of a recently-enacted Medicare regulation cutting Medicare-funded nursing home care by $12 billion over ten years, finds seniors in Iowa requiring nursing and rehabilitative care will face total funding cuts of $348 million over that same time period. Nationally, the study finds, seniors' Medicare cuts will total $44 billion over ten years, prompting Iowa's long term care community to warn that seniors' care needs are endangered by the House bill, as are the jobs of nearly 500 caregivers in Iowa alone.

"We are greatly concerned about the impact proposed cuts will have on Iowa seniors' Medicare-funded nursing care. We urge lawmakers to consider how cuts of this size will affect senior care and ask that Congress revise its plan to ensure seniors are helped by reform measures," said Steve Ackerson, Executive Director of the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA). "Arguments being made that seniors' benefits will not be reduced by the House bill do not recognize that cuts would force providers to cut staff because labor expenses make up 70 percent of facility costs. Cutting staff within a facility has a direct impact on patients and their care."

The new analysis of the House bill's Medicare funding reductions over ten years (combined with the $12 billion ten year Medicare cuts just put into effect by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is computed by the AHCA Reimbursement and Research Department using the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of both HR 3200 and the recent CMS funding rule, along with Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) utilization data.

In crafting a final bill, Ackerson also urged lawmakers to take into account the fact that the Medicaid program already under funds the cost of providing care by at least $43 million in Iowa according to Eljay, LLC, thereby already placing enormous stress on facilities and staff before federal Medicare cuts even enter the picture. "We believe Congress should preserve, protect and defend seniors' Medicare-funded nursing home care, and we respectfully ask lawmakers to do so when Congress reconvenes in September."

All 50 State Cut Data Available at www.ahca.org.

The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) and Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) represent 560 Iowa nursing homes, assisted living programs, residential care facilities, and independent senior living and retirement communities.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Iowa Health Care Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds Medicare prescription benefit program has exceeded expectations
2. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces Preliminary Results From Its Phase IIa Retigabine Study for the Treatment of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
3. More than 1/3 of homeowners in foreclosure suffer from major depression, Penn study shows
4. Harvard study reveals taxing job-based health benefits would hit working families hardest
5. New Study of House Health Reform Bill: Minnesota Faces Over $654 Million in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over Ten Years
6. New Study of House Health Reform Bill: Minnesota Faces Over $654 Billion in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over Ten Years
7. New Study of House Health Reform Bill: Kansas Faces Over $373 Million in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over Ten Years
8. Long-term exercise, healthy eating habits in young adults: U-M study
9. New Study of House Health Care Reform Bill: Texas Faces Over $2.7 Billion in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over Ten Years
10. Study finds low risk in treating previously coiled aneurysm
11. Disparities in cancer care reflect hospital resources, U-M study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is underway. Brooklyn-based ... experience for the millions of people who require these medical transport services annually. ... through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth an industry-changing app ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws ... a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula ... , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library ... City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ... for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, ... Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in ... the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood shifts ... upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a knife ... and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... the "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical ... Preservative), Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast ... The global pharmaceutical excipients ... 2021 at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report ... The report contains up to date financial data derived from ... of major trends with potential impact on the market during ... market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and country ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and ... platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration ... of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be ... is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: