I Got Your Merry Christmas Right Here, Pal

Bill Myers

Bill Myers, senior editor

Good morning, ProviderNation.

Not that you didn’t have enough to worry about already, but the House is going to vote on a “fiscal cliff” package that would slash provider assessments, from 6 percent to 5.5 percent.

This has not been well received by long term care advocates.

The bill’s chances of becoming law are remote, but sometimes symbolism counts extra.

“This is a key vote,” AHCA lobbyist Jeff Myers says. “I’m taking attendance on this.”

Speaking of Congress—and Myers and his team could probably use a hug (at least) after this lame-duck session—the Senate Judiciary Committee has scrapped plans to mark up Sen. Herb Kohl’s bill on painkillers in nursing homes.

You’ll recall that the bill was supposed to come up in committee today, but after AHCA President & CEO Gov. Mark Parkinson sent a whiff of grapeshot, Kohl is, as they say, rethinking his options.

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