Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ask your Representative to sign on to the Latham-Neal letter to CMS and protect LTC services for our nation's seniors

Skilled nursing facilities are facing a potentially drastic Medicare funding cut under the CMS SNF Prospective Payment System proposed rule for FY 2012. Under the April 28th SNF PPS proposed rule for FY 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offered two options. Under option one, FY 2012 Medicare payments to SNFs would be reduced by $3.94 billion or a total of 11.3% lower than FY 2011. Under option two, CMS would increase rates 1.5% in the Medicare market basket for an increase of $530 million in FY 2012. The unprecedented difference between the two proposed rules could put skilled nursing facilities and their residents at risk should the large cut be enacted.

U.S. Reps. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) are circulating a bipartisan letter to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick urging the agency to delay an exceptionally high proposed Medicare payment cut to skilled nursing facilities that is based upon limited data.

Please click here to take action and ask your Representative to sign on to the Dear Colleague letter to CMS regarding proposed cuts to Medicare. We must ensure that our nation’s seniors continue to have access to the critical health care services provided by skilled nursing facilities. This request is time-sensitive; ask that Members sign on today.

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