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Oct

22
2010-10-22
Medicare outpatient therapy caps


Relating to Insurance
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The Medicare outpatient therapy caps exception process is scheduled to end on December 31.  There is an annual limit of $1860 for physical and speech therapy and $1860 for occupational therapy under Medicare.   An "exceptions process" was established which allows coverage after this limit has been reached on a "case by case" basis. The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations [www.lcao.org ] plans to send a letter to the Congressional leadership [with a copy to all members]...

Oct

17
2010-10-17
Social security cost of living, no increase


Yesterday it was announced that there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries in 2011.  [There also was no increase in 2010.] For many Social Security beneficiaries, it could be many years before they see the next increase in their Social Security checks.  Obviously this will impact the economic well-being of these beneficiaries. Under federal law, the amount of a Social Security check cannot be decreased based on an increase in the Medicare Part B...

Apr

3
2009-04-03
Tell Congress Your Wishes for Healthcare Reform 4-6 to 20


Congress will be in recess [technically called "district work period"] for the next two weeks [through April 20.]  Most members will spend at least some of this period in their local offices.  Now would be a great time to let them know what you want included when health care reform legislation is drafted. Preliminary work on the health care reform legislation is underway.  It is expected that this topic will become quite active when Congress returns to DC in two weeks.  [I've seen a...

Jan

5
2009-01-05
Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes launches


Relating to Housing
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For the first time in history, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released quality ratings for each of the nation’s 15,800 nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid.    Facilities are assigned star ratings from a low of one star to a high of five stars based on health inspection surveys, staffing information, and quality of care measures. The ratings are publicly available on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare Web site at www.medicare.gov.

Jan

5
2009-01-05
New 111th Congress begins


The 111th Congress will convene on January 6.  The new Administration will begin two weeks later on January 20.   The Obama Administration's priorities are:  the economy; health care; education and "green jobs".  There will be an increased focus on these topics during the next several months.

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