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NEWS 60 SECONDS WITH… Providers see FMAP measure Cynthia Morton Executive VP, NASL as welcome but temporary ﬁx By Liza Berger of the National Investment Q: You’re just starting as leader of After a hard-fought battle in Center for the Seniors Hous- Congress, states ﬁnally received ing & Care Industry. “But it’s the National Association for the a much-sought extension of a temporary ﬁx.” Support of Long Term Care. What do federal Medicaid funding. The funding comes as gov- you want your “legacy” to be when The package, which Con- ernors have been pressured to Photo: Ofﬁce of Rep. Cao you leave the position? gress passed last month, will freeze or cut Medicaid reim- A: Where I hope to make a mark is extend the increase in the bursements. This funding empowering our members to advocate federal medical assistance should help alleviate some of for themselves. I want to be an aggres- percentage (FMAP) by 3.2% this concern. But it’s unclear from January through March, Rep. Anh Cao (R-LA) is one of only whether states’ situations will sive and assertive advocate. We want to two Republican congressmen who turn around by next year. and 1.2% from April to June. work aggressively with our partners. voted for the bill. The current FMAP increase, Once the states actually which will expire at the end of expressed reservations. receive the money, governors Q: What’s the toughest upcoming the year, is 6.2%. The FMAP “From the perspective of have to allocate it. While nurs- challenge? is the percentage rate used to the states and their Medicaid ing homes’ share of the funding determine the federal match budgets and its impact on the is not guaranteed, the FMAP A: Advocating for members when fund- rate for Medicaid. skilled nursing sector, it’s a plus extension places facilities in ing could be decreasing or staying the The long-term care commu- without a question,” comment- a stronger position to lobby same—and at a time when the needs nity hailed the move but also ed Robert Kramer, president against cuts, Kramer said. ■ within long-term care and post-acute care are increasing. We need to spend MedPAC: RUG-IV to bring therapy overuse more money, for instance, on IT to save dollars down the road. Q: What will be hardest for you? By Liza Berger viders will have an incentive the offering of such services less There is a potential for therapy to furnish these services for attractive, it does not plan to do A: The biggest
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