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Economic Trends  |  Workforce

At 156,000, September Job Gains Steady

By: Beth Mace  |  October 10, 2016

More than six years into expansion, the labor market continued to add jobs in September. The Labor Department reported on Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 156,000 positions in September. Hiring has now averaged 178,000 new positions per month over the past nine months. However, the September gain was less than the 175,000 positions consensus projection and was down from an upward revised gain of 167,000 in August (originally reported as 151,000). The year-to-date average was also down from average monthly gains of 229,000 in 2015.

Economic Trends  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Skilled Nursing

CMS & Arbitration Clauses: What Skilled Nursing Needs to Know

By: Liz Liberman  |  October 05, 2016

If you serve, plan to serve, or invest in skilled nursing properties that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients, this is a good blog post to pay attention to.

Economic Trends  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Skilled Nursing

Cutting Skilled Nursing Medicare Reimbursement by 8%?

By: Liz Liberman  |  September 28, 2016

In July 2015, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman, introduced a measure called the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act of 2015. Since that time, the bill has been under committee consideration, but just over a year later, the buzz around Washington indicates that the bill may come out of committee for a vote. The current text of the bill is relatively brief and introduces three policies to govern post-acute care providers that treat Medicare patients, including home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and hospice agencies.

Economic Trends  |  Ideas and Discussion  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Skilled Nursing

Value-Based Payments Are Coming—And All Need to Pay Attention

By: NIC  |  September 21, 2016

The Honorable Mike Leavitt Shares His Insights at 2016 NIC Fall Conference