AHCA Responds to Ways and Means Medicare Reform Hearing

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) issued the following statement last week from President and CEO Mark Parkinson in conjunction with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health hearing on the President’s and other bipartisan proposals to reform Medicare Post-Acute Care Payments:

The long term and post-acute care profession is encouraged by the Committee’s willingness to consider proposals that do more than simply cut payments to health care providers. Skilled nursing centers are already reeling from deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, as reflected in our razor-thin operating margins.

There’s only one way to solve the impending Medicare crisis – through bipartisanship.  All other options introduce too much politics, too much potential harm to the seniors we care for.

We are solutions-driven. The AHCA proposal to reduce hospital readmissions means a more efficient health care system and better quality care for patients. We appreciate the Committee exploring payment reforms that are based more on the quality of patient care rather than the location in which care is provided. We will continue to advocate for meaningful Medicare and Medicaid reform so that we can ensure access to quality long term and post-acute care.