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GAO Investigation Reveals Margins Highest among For-Profits, Chains

By: Liz Liberman  |  November 02, 2016

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded an investigation into data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on nursing homes, staffing practices, and financial performance by recommending that CMS make such data more easily accessible by the public and ensure the data’s validity. In the course of the investigation, the GAO revealed insights about margins and operations relative to the skilled nursing properties’ organization types. The agency’s report underscores the need for more and better financial skilled nursing data in the industry.

Economic Trends  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing’s Ruby Slippers

By: Liz Liberman  |  October 12, 2016

Panelists Discuss Post-Acute Strategies at NIC Fall Conference

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.