Long-term care “State of the Union” Address

The nursing-home industry is piggy-backing off the president’s State of the Union speech to draw attention to the state of long-term and post-acute care in the United States.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living released their annual report this week looking at innovations in the industry and warning against harmful cuts in federal reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid. The group enables thousands of member facilities to share the priorities they feel the president should address via Twitter and Facebook.

Medicare cut its rates for skilled nursing home facilities by 11.1 percent last year, the group says, while a recent report found that the national Medicaid shortfall for skilled nursing care added up to $6.3 billion in 2011 — almost $20 per patient per day.

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