Submitted by Laura Ness, Director, Government Affairs (GAO)
Last week, Chief Government Affairs Officer Dave Totaro, Boston Pediatrics Director Emery Hughes, and other industry leaders and families gathered together to meet with MassHealth. MassHealth had asked for the meeting, in regards to the Continuous Skilled Nursing (CSN) program. During the meeting, MassHealth stated that they recognized that low reimbursement rates were a major problem within the program. They have planned to increase the rates by 2.25% effective July 1, 2017. This is the second reimbursement increase we have been notified about within three months. The organizations working to increase this rate were pleased with this movement but recognized that this is a fraction of what is needed to stabilize the rates. We look forward to continuing our efforts to increase the CSN rates by a total of $15 per hour.