The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care released a report that makes the case that nursing homes are the most-efficient providers of post-acute care (PDF) for certain conditions as Congress' Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction considers ways to cut healthcare spending.
Nursing homes seen as key to cost containment
The AQNHC report argues against cutting pay to the sector. “Our primary point of emphasis to the super committee, President Obama and the public at large is that nursing facilities are part of the solution to healthcare cost containment,” said Alan Rosenbloom, president of the alliance, in a news release. “Weakening the sector with an overwhelming barrage of regulatory and budgetary cuts—with yet more funding cuts contemplated—is counterproductive and illogical,” Rosenbloom said.
The report from the for-profit nursing home association follows a recommendation by President Barack Obama that post-acute-care reimbursement be cut by $42 billion over 10 years in his report to Congress' so-called supercommittee, which includes at least $2 billion in cuts to skilled-nursing facilities.
The report highlights five Medicare reimbursement classifications, including heart failure and shock with major complications as well as co-morbidities and renal failure with complications and co-morbidities, as having much lower mean Medicare payments to SNFs than to inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term acute-care hospitals, based on analysis of 2009 data provided by Avalere Health.
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