Good morning, ProviderNation. Hope you were well-fed (and toasted the Union properly).
Now get back to work:
The fiscal “cliff” negotiations begin today. Already, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made the rounds in that happy land Slate’s inestimable David Weigel calls “Meet The Pressistan” and said they might—might—break their no-tax pledge for the sake of a deal. “The world has changed, and the economic situation is different,” King said on his round of the chat shows.
Graham said: “I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”
Long term care advocates are in a tight spot on this one. As we’ve written before, they’ve got to work hard on the one hand so that their sector isn’t swept away by across-the-board cuts. But they’ve also got to make sure they don’t get singled out for cuts, either.
In other news, the AMA says that long term care workers ought to get flu shots; the Great, Gray Lady broods on the potential conflicts between hospice and assisted living; and the MetLife Mature Market Institute crunches the numbers on elder care costs.