Hospice & Palliative Care News Update for February 9, 2022

NAHC’s  is devoted to smaller (though, not less important) items of interest to the hospice & palliative care community. Please read on…

1.NEW INFORMATION

2. FROM THE HILL

  • Congressional leaders are set this week to pass a short-term government funding patch to keep federal dollars flowing until March 11, 2022. This will give Capitol Hill leadership and appropriators an additional few weeks to negotiate and finalize a new, FY2022 omnibus funding package, made up of 12 different spending bills that cover almost all defense and non-defense federal programs.
  • NAHC will continue to advocate for inclusion in the broad spending bill provisions important to hospice providers. Notably, we are pushing for an extension of relief from the Medicare sequestration payment cuts, reductions that would severely hamper hospice and palliative care providers’ ability to seamlessly serve patients and families amidst the ongoing PHE.
  • NAHC is also advocating for an extension of certain telehealth-related flexibilities, including those impacting hospice. Major congressional momentum is building to avoid the so-called “telehealth cliff” that would occur when COVID-related telehealth policies expire with the end of the PHE. The flexibility to use telehealth for hospice recertifications and certain kinds of routine home care services has been critical for many hospices during the pandemic. As part of the wider push to keep the huge range of telehealth allowances in place for at least a few more years, we will work to ensure that those that have supported hospices are included.