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State, National Long Term Care Community Applauds Arkansas Leaders in U.S. Senate and U.S. House for Helping Lead Effort to Block $770 Million Bush Medicare Cuts
Date:7/2/2008

Yarwood, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), added, "Lawmakers of both parties, in both chambers, have stepped up to oppose the Bush Administration on this important health policy matter because it makes little sense to first hurt seniors' care, and then do so in a manner wasteful of tax dollars. This is bad, ill-considered policy from the Bush Administration, and the facts simply do not support proceeding with these Medicare funding cuts."

The state and national long term care leaders noted that existing Medicare policy was designed to encourage the movement of certain high-acuity Medicare beneficiaries to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). As a result, the site of care for a significant number of high acuity patients appropriately shifted to SNFs, and a recent independent analysis shows that this shift saved Medicare an estimated $709 million." (Source: Avalere Health, LLC)

The letter to HHS Sec. Leavitt joined by Sens. Pryor and Lincoln and Reps. Berry, Snyder, Boozman and Ross warns the planned Medicare changes "will jeopardize the significant quality improvements made by the SNF community in recent years as well as the ability of SNFs to continue caring for high acuity patients. We believe that if CMS were to finalize its proposed rule, the ability of providers to care for our nation's most vulnerable population -- the frail elderly and disabled -- would be severely threatened."

The complete text of the letter to HHS Sec. Leavitt and list of co-signers available at http://www.ahca.org.

Arkansas Health Care Association (AHCA) is the advocacy group for owners of more than 95 percent of the licensed long-term care facilities in Arkansas. AHCA works to promote the highest quality of care for patients of long-term care facilities, to develop the highest professional standards for nursing home staff, and to foster harmony within the AHCA membership. The AHCA stri
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