LeadingAge Urges Regulatory Reform at CMS

LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan and Dr. Cheryl Phillips, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Health Services participated, along with other LeadingAge State Affiliates, in a meeting with Seema Verma, the new head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss the need for nursing home regulatory relief.

LeadingAge discussed several issues with Ms. Verma, including the dramatic increase in IJ citations in many areas of the country and their particularly severe impact on rural providers and on the nursing home workforce. Furthermore, LeadingAge discussed the overall burden of nursing home regulation and particularly the issues with the new requirements of participation, explaining that they will actually require resources to be diverted away from direct person care and quality.

LeadingAge also discussed proposed payment reforms, putting forward the concept of a truly value-based payment reform, based on quality and resident, family and staff satisfaction.

During the meeting, the focus was kept on mission, care and community. Administrator Verma seemed receptive to the points made and asked us for follow-up on the issues discussed. The meeting was extremely productive and gives LeadingAge a strong foundation to continue working with CMS on regulatory reform.