Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rep. Renacci Blasts Three-Day Stay Requirement at NIC Meeting

Dana Halvorson

According to an October 1, 2015, McKnight’s article by John O’Connor, “Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) blasted the three-day hospital stay rule during comments to providers Thursday [October 1, 2015], insisting it would be better to let physicians admit residents directly to skilled care facilities. He spoke during the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care's annual meeting near Washington. Renacci, who is a former operator, said many inside the Washington beltway erroneously continue to believe a policy change here would fuel rampant skilled-care admissions and higher healthcare costs. This view extends to the Congressional Budget Office, which has scored the option as a tax raiser. He said this perception runs counter to a growing mountain of evidence.”

Earlier this year, Rep. Renacci (R-OH) reintroduced the Creating Access to Rehabilitation for Every Senior (CARES) Act of 2015 (H.R. 290), which AHCA/NCAL supports. The CARES Act of 2015, which was first introduced in 2013, eliminates the three-day inpatient stay required for Medicare coverage of Part A skilled nursing care benefits by allowing centers that meet particular criteria to automatically qualify to waive the prior hospitalization requirement. The criteria are based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare program. 

AHCA/NCAL supports eliminating the three-day stay requirement and solving the related issue of observation stays. Rep. Renacci’s press release on his bill can be found here. For more information about observation stays and the three-day stay requirement, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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