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The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on November 14, 2019 entitled “Caring for Aging Americans.” In a Statement submitted for the record, the Center for Medicare Advocacy expressed concerns about the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), the new Medicare reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities that went into effect on October 1, 2019.

The financial incentives in PDPM have already led to reduced therapy services for residents and are changing facilities’ admission and assessment practices. The Center cautions against allowing reimbursement policy to erode and undermine longstanding Medicare eligibility and coverage rules.

December 12, 2019 – T. Edelman

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