Rethink Podcast #38: Mark Parkinson of AHCA

The 38th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available!

In the skilled nursing world, it was a truth universally acknowledged that the Patient-Driven Payment Model was a lifeline for operators trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting “business nightmare.” But the federal government has proposed a recalibration of the new system, and it’s not clear yet what that could mean for providers.

Mark Parkinson, the president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, joined Rethink to talk about why SNFs can be more optimistic than in years past about the proposed changes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – and why the Biden administration’s push to invest $400 in home- and community-based care isn’t as antagonistic to SNFs as it might first appear.

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Listen to this episode to hear about:

  • The unanswered questions around occupancy and what needs to happen for recovery
  • Why the proposed PDPM recalibration isn’t likely to be a repeat of drastic Medicare cuts in 2011
  • Elevating and investing in frontline caregivers, and what it will take to do that properly

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