This afternoon, the U.S. Representatives House Subcommittee on Health will hold a Member day hearing. This hearing provides the opportunity for any Member of Congress to testify on health legislation that he or she has sponsored or cosponsored in the 114th Congress. Rep. Renacci (R-OH) will testify on his bill, 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. The bill would also require that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) study the cost of impact of this Act. 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.