Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Three-Day Stay Issue Raised at Recent U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing

On December 18, 2013, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, led by Chairman Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME), held a hearing entitled, “The Future of Long-Term Care Policy: Continuing the Conversation” that AHCA/NCAL staff attended. The Senators heard from a panel of experts, including three members of the U.S. Commission on Long-Term Care (LTC), on a number of ideas aimed at helping families and the government prepare for the increasing demand for long-term care services. During the hearing, Chairman Nelson brought light to the fact that some member of his committee support the LTC Commission’s September 2013 report recommendation of eliminating the three-day inpatient stay Medicare requirement that beneficiaries must satisfy before they are eligible for skilled nursing care center benefits. AHCA/NCAL applauded the LTC Commission’s report, particularly its recommendations to end the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services three-day inpatient hospital stay requirement, which effectively solves the observation stay loophole. For more information about the three-day stay requirement and observation stays issue, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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