ACTION Needed: Tell Congress to Oppose Reductions to Nursing Facility Bad Debt Reimbursement

With the full Congress back in Washington, House and Senate Conferees are meeting daily to resolve the payroll tax cut controversy, provide a doc fix, and possibly extend the therapy cap exceptions process. With the March 1 deadline getting closer with each passing day, we must weigh in on the impact of the current Medicare bad debt payment policy on our profession.

Unfortunately, the Conferees are still considering a proposal to pay for these programs that would phase down bad debt reimbursement to skilled nursing facilities. The full impact of this cut is estimated to be $500 million a year, or a 1.6% cut in Medicare rates, when fully implemented in 2015.

However, some states, including Virginia, will see a cut that is substantially more than 1.6%.  Estimates for Virginia indicate the reduction would total $17.8 million (2.5%) in 2015.

It is critical that you contact your Member of Congress TODAY and tell them to oppose the reduction of bad debt reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities!

Click here to contact Congress NOW.

For more information please see our issue brief, Medicare Bad Debt Coverage to Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Critical Lifeline.