Caregiver, Clinician Groups to Announce New Coalition Opposing Cuts to Seniors' Medicare Nursing Home Benefit

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 General News J E 4
$2.7 Billion in Potential Medicare Cuts Threaten Quality of Care, Staffing Levels

WASHINGTON, A new coalition of caregiver and clinician groups from across the country will hold a news conference to warn that Medicare cuts to U.S. seniors' Medicare Part A nursing home benefit, previously passed by the House of Representatives -- which may be considered by the Senate -- would harm patient care programs and ongoing clinical quality improvement efforts impacting 3 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

The Coalition to Protect Senior Care (CPSC) -- a broad array of health care assistants, long term care nurses, certified nursing assistants and others who deliver round-the-clock, front-line care to seniors -- is concerned about ensuring the nation's oldest, highest-acuity patient population retains access to the highest-quality skilled nursing care. They will discuss how prospective five-year, $2.7 billion Medicare cuts would disproportionately impact women, rural seniors, the caregiver community, and others.

Among the Coalition to Protect Senior Care membership are:

-- American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN)

-- Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

-- American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)

-- American Health Care Association (AHCA)

-- American Health Quality Association (AHQA)

-- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

-- American Society of Health Care Administration Executives (ASHCAE)

-- ASHCAE state affiliate members representing Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas and Utah

-- National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA)

-- National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL)

-- National Rural Health Association

-- Senior Clinician Group

CONTACT: Lisa Cantrell for the Coalition to Protect Senior Care, +1-417-623-6049,

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 30 /

WHEN: Thursday, November 1st, 2007, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. WHERE: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building WHO: Representative Tom Allen (D-ME) Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Lisa Cantrell, President, National Association of Health Care Assistants Patsy Chailland, Certified Nursing Assistant Charlotte Eliopoulos, Executive Director, American Association of Long Term Care Nursing

SOURCE Coalition to Protect Senior Care


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