Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Senator Cardin to be Honored at Congressional Briefing

Drew Thies


Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will receive the Leading Light of Long Term Care Award, as well as speak to attendees at the 2018 AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing. The senator is being honored for his history of seeking positive solutions for the long term care profession, particularly with regard to therapy policy.

Senator Cardin was a long-time advocate of finding a permanent solution to the therapy caps exception process. That problem was fixed earlier this year in the Bipartisan Budget Act, which repealed Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps retroactively to January 1, 2018.
Without repeal of the therapy caps, revenue and quality of care could have suffered significantly. AHCA estimates, without repeal, SNFs’ Part B therapy revenues would decline more than $811 million per year (37% of total Part B payments).

Senator Cardin has been a long-time proponent of repealing the caps permanently. From his days in the House in the early 2000s, he routinely introduced legislation to permanently end therapy caps and worked tirelessly to get similar language in larger health and budget legislation.

Held on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., Congressional Briefing offers attendees the chance to network with their peers, receive legislative briefings from professionals in the sector, as well as hear from other top voices in Washington.

The Advanced Registration Deadline is May 7th and prospective attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Overflow space has been recently added, as this Congressional Briefing is on-pace to be the largest to-date.

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