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May 10, 2002 -- No. 264

Policy briefing-luncheon

Tuesday (May 14); lunch at 12:45 p.m., briefing at 1:15 p.m.

Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building

1st & C streets NE, Washington, D.C.

Public health dean to present study on impact of Medicare funding cuts on skilled nursing care

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health Dean Bill Roper will present his study documenting the impact of Medicare funding cuts resulting from the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.

The study demonstrates the impact the prospective payment system had on quality of care and staffing levels in skilled nursing facilities and the apparent reversal of this trend when Congress enacted the Balanced Budget Refinement Act and restored Medicare funding two years later.

Roper is the former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Allen Dobson, senior vice president of the Lewin Group, will present a second study, conducted by the Lewin Group, assessing the impact of anticipated cuts to the Medicare benefit for skilled nursing care beginning Oct. 1.

Note on luncheon: Members of the media wishing to attend the luncheon portion of the event should RSVP to Rebecca Reid of the American Health Care Association at (202) 898-2847 or

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Note: Roper will be available to discuss his study on Tuesday (May 14). To schedule an interview with him, contact Lisa Katz, UNC School of Public Health, at (919) 966-7467 or