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NEWS 60 SECONDS WITH… Providers making their points Suzanne Weiss Senior Vice President, Advocacy, AAHSA as Senate dances with reform By John O’Connor The bill now makes its way to Q: After healthcare reform, what Nonproﬁt providers cheered the Senate ﬂoor. when Sen. Olympia Snowe The American Association should be providers’ big concern? (R-ME) helped Democrats of Homes and Services for the A: Medicare, which can be harmed or move a major healthcare Aging is pushing hard for the helped by the reform issue. Medicare reform bill out of the Senate preservation of the CLASS Act Photo: James M. Berklan should stand alone as a payment issue. Finance Committee. as the Senate attempts to merge The House is using it as a ‘pay for’ issue, While the Finance Commit- two separate reform bills. taking out the market- basket update, tee measure hardly reinvents Two other long-term care and that’s not a good thing. Our goal is long-term care, it contains organizations, the American some of the most industry- AAHSA President Larry Minnix is Health Care Association ,and to save that market basket, within or a CLASS Act promoter. friendly provisions Congress the Alliance for Quality Nurs- outside of health reform. has seriously considered. bundling and the creation of ing Home Care, were a bit more Most notably, CLASS a special office to deal with circumspect. In a statement, Q: Even though Medicare is a sec- Act measures would estab- people who are eligible for they thanked Snowe for her ondary payer of services? lish a disability insurance both Medicare and Medicaid support. But they also insisted program, which nonprofits services. Yet another provision on better Medicare and Med- A: The market basket is the only pre- have strongly backed. Other would tie the market-basket icaid funding, which still dictable vehicle of increasing Medicare components include a pilot update for nursing homes to accounts for the lion’s share payments year to year. [Medicare program to test payment “productivity adjustments.” of industry revenue. ■ is] not the biggest ﬁsh but it’s a very important ﬁsh. Q: What are your hopes now? Yarwood: Funding challenges a ‘tsunami’ A: Two things: that the Senate prevails By John O’Connor of the organization’s annual he said to a packed audience on the market basket issue and that the The leader of the nation’s larg- conference in Chicago last
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