Article by Elizabeth Newman,  McKnight’s Long-term Care

“Nursing home executives interested in how Medicare will be discussed in the 2020 presidential race need to start focusing on this year’s Congressional agenda, which will range from drug pricing to Medicare Advantage plans, experts said Thursday.

“There’s time to shape the debate,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, Avalere Health Practice Director, Policy, in the company’s 2019 Industry Outlook discussion Thursday. “It’s important to underscore that the debate will shape what the Democrats put forward in 2020, and could influence a presidential agenda if we see a shift in power.”

But nursing home stakeholders also should recognize how much change is happening at the state level, where Medicaid policy in particular has been under scrutiny.

“Several states have approval to implement [Medicaid] work requirements, and we expect more to be approved,” Carpenter noted.”

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