This is the sixth article in our series on the effect of a “slow repeal” of the ACA. This week’s discussion focuses on the potential impact on post-acute care providers.

The term “post-acute care provider” encompasses a large and diverse group of healthcare providers that includes nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice agencies and assisted living communities. While each group has its own very unique industry characteristics, they all have at least one thing in common: none of them rely, to any great extent, on private insurance as a form of payment. This is because the vast majority of the patients served by post-acute care providers are older than 65 and, accordingly, are covered by Medicare. So, any repeal efforts relating to the private insurance exchanges that expanded healthcare coverage for more than 30 million Americans will have minimal impact on post-acute care providers. Instead, the key issue facing post-acute care providers relating to the slow repeal of the ACA is the threatened conversion of Medicaid into a block grant program.
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Husch Blackwell attorneys are presenting at the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living Legal Symposium on elder abuse and financial exploitation on March 12 in Denver.

Healthcare providers are responsible for detecting, preventing and reporting elderly abuse, including financial exploitation. With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the reporting requirements of the Elder Justice Act are now in effect.
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Hopefully all of our nursing home clients know by now that CMS and the OIG have psychotropic drug use by nursing home residents on their radar.  A recent case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ)  raises another concern that nursing homes may not have considered.  A Chicago psychiatrist was charged with violating the False Claims