Wake Up Call for Providers: Flurry of Settlements with Healthcare Facilities for Failures to Provide Auxiliary Aids to Disabled Individuals

Posted by Jason Greis on April 25, 2013 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the settlement of five investigations with healthcare providers concerning access to services for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.  These recent settlements stem from the DOJ’s ongoing partnership between the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ offices nationwide. This partnership, announced in July 2012, is designed to target enforcement efforts of healthcare facilities to ensure that people with disabilities, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have equal access to medical services. The five newly announced settlements – one with a hospital, two with rehabilitation centers, and two with private specialty practices – highlight the continuing focus on healthcare providers of all sizes and their policies and practices when providing medical information to deaf and hard of hearing patients or companions. Read More...

LTCH Quality Reporting Program Requirements for FY 2014: May 15 Deadline for FY 2014 Payment Determination

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Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) providers should currently be engaging in two activities for the LTCH Quality Reporting (LTCHQR) Program: data submission for the FY 2014 payment update determination and data collection and submission for the FY 2015 payment update determination.  In the FY 2012 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule (76 FR 51743 through 51756, and 51780 through 51781), three measures were adopted for data collection and reporting for October 1 through December 31, 2012 for the FY 2014 Payment Update Determination: Read More...

Expiration of the Long Term Care Hospital Development Moratorium: A Lasting Development Opportunity?

Posted by Jason Greis on January 5, 2013 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Under the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (the Act), as amended, Congress imposed an initial three-year moratorium on the establishment of new Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCH), on LTCH satellite facilities and on increases in the number of beds in existing LTCH facilities, unless an exception to the moratorium applied. This moratorium was subsequently extended for two years by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced, in its Final Rule updating fiscal year (FY) 2013 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care hospitals and LTCHs that the LTCH development moratorium would expire as of Decem ber 29, 2012.  The moratorium has since sunsetted. Read More...

Summary of Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Care Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Posted by Jason Greis on January 3, 2013 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act (Act) of 2012—the House and Senate approved bill to avert the fiscal cliff.  The Act, while raising taxes on high-income earners, also contains certain amendments to existing healthcare statutes and regulations and new regulations and programs that will effect providers and suppliers.  This article summarizes key provisions of the Act impacting long-term care and post-acute care providers. Read More...

Kindred Healthcare Announces RehabCare Group Merger

Posted by Jason Greis on February 13, 2011 under Articles, Industry News | Be the First to Comment

On February 8, 2011, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) and RehabCare Group, Inc. (“RehabCare”) jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire RehabCare for an estimated $35 per share, which includes $26 per share in cash and 0.471 shares of Kindred common stock.  The transaction was unanimously approved by the Boards of both Kindred and RehabCare and is expected to close at the end of the second quarter, pending approval from the shareholders of both companies and receipt of antitrust approval.  Read More...

AHA Annual Membership Meeting

Posted by Jason Greis on January 9, 2011 under Events | Be the First to Comment

Join your colleagues April 10-13 in Washington, D.C., at the 2011 American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting to hear the latest on reforming health care, and to take hospitals’ message to Capitol Hill.  The meeting agenda includes prominent keynote speakers … executive briefings on important health reform topics to help prepare your organization for coming changes, an opportunity to earn ACHE credits … and more!  In times like these, speaking with one voice, to Congress and the Administration, to policymakers and opinion leaders, is more important than ever before.  Please visit the AHA 2011 Annual Meeting Website for more information. Read More...