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Health Policy Update

Now that the school year is back to normal, I wanted to return to periodically releasing a list of the top ten health policy news items that grab my interest – along with a thought or two from me.

October 3rd, 2022


Washington Update

Dear Colleagues: We welcome Genevieve Diesing in Chicago to our team. Genevieve is a former editor for the American Hospital Association. Thanks to Rebekkah Johnson for her graphic design of this report, which we hope to put out monthly.

June 29, 2022


Pennsylvania Update: 2022 Primary Elections

This week, we review the status of the Pennsylvania Primaries as well as the outlook for each candidate.

May 18th, 2022


Issue: Medicare Advantage

In this week's issues, we explore how some health plans unduly restrict patient access to IRF & LTCH care

April 18th, 2022


Regulating Nurse Staffing Agencies

At the height of the COVID-19 Omicron surge, 31 percent of hospitals and 85 percent of nursing homes reported critical staffing shortages.

April 4th, 2022


Select Medical: Major Issues

The document summarizes major public policy issues facing Select Medical in Washington. Other companies will have their own unique positions and priorities but, to a large extent, these issues face all companies in the IRF, LTCH and outpatient settings.

March 21st, 2022


Long Term Care Hospitals
Site Neutral Payment

In 2013, Congress passed revised Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) criteria which reimagined the LTCH sector and required LTCHs to focus on the highest-acuity patients.

February 28th, 2020


The Choose Home Act

The Choose Home Care (CHC) Act of 2021 was recently introduced in both the House (H.R. 5514) and Senate (S. 2562).

January 24th, 2022


Sector Update

The start of the new year is a good time to take stock of recent news and the governmental policies that affect our ability to provide care.

January 3rd, 2022


US Economy

The United States is emerging from the pandemic facing its biggest inflationary spike in three decades...

November 22nd, 2021


Medicare Advantage Update

Medicare beneficiaries are in the midst of the Medicare program’s annual open enrollment season.

November 15th, 2021


November Debate Series

In September 2021, CMS again proposed a "Review Choice Demonstration" (RCD) for IRFs. We cover the arguments for and against.

November 8th, 2021


COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic may not be completely over, but the Delta variant wave is finally receding in much of the United States.

November 1st, 2021


Medicare & APMs

Last week, the Biden Administration released a new strategy for the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

October 25th, 2021


Congressional Update

This week, we provide some background on the Congressional debate over President Biden’s domestic agenda.

October 18th, 2021