NAHC Wants Your Input for 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC,…

NAHC Applauds Passage of Key Legislation to Curb Opioid Epidemic

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the United States Senate for passing The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan bill which contains a wide array of initiatives to address America’s overwhelming opioid crisis. The bill now heads to President Donald J. Trump for his signature. Among the many provisions…

Congressional Conferees Finalize Agreement on Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Provisions

–Legislation likely to be enacted prior to midterm elections For the last 18 months, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been deeply involved in discussions with offices in the Senate and House of Representatives on a provision included in the final opioids legislation package that authorizes hospice personnel to dispose of…

Key New Legislation Seeks Changes to Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System

Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, both Republicans from Louisiana, have introduced legislation that seeks to address changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system as made by the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) in February 2018. The BBA called for allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to preemptively make adjustments to…

Help NAHC Expand the Supply of Trained Hospice, Palliative Care Personnel

Urge Senate Passage of PCHETA! In late July the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA — H.R. 1676). This legislative proposal has been introduced over the last several Congresses and has enjoyed widespread bipartisan and bicameral support, as well as the support of key stakeholders in hospice…

Senate Committee Introduces Opioid Legislation

–Hospice Disposal Provisions Revised, Improved As we reported in early April, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is moving quickly to act on legislation designed to address the America’s opioid abuse crisis.  This week the HELP Committee not only formally introduced legislation (S. 2680—the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018) that represents a refined…

NAHC Webinar on Impact of the New Budget on Home Care and Hospice

Please join the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern for a discussion called “The Latest Policy and Budget Developments in Home Care and Hospice.” The issues covered in this webinar are the result of legislation signed into law by President Trump last week, the…

Kentucky Bill Would Regulate Hospice Disposal of Prescription Painkillers

Hospice providers in Kentucky would have to adopt new procedures for the disposal of prescription painkillers under a new bill that just passed the state House of Representatives. Normally, when a person in hospice care dies, prescribed, but unused pain medication reverts to the estate of the deceased, but House Bill 148 would require hospice…

Where Home Health and Hospice Legislation Stands at the Start of 2018

The 2017 congressional calendar ended with such a bewildering flurry of proposed, rumored and even successfully passed legislation, it would be easy to overlook, or struggle to remember, everything that happened. In preparing for quickly approaching legislative battles, NAHC Report provides you with this quick review of where we stand legislatively at the dawn of…

House Committee Proposes Extension of Rural Add-on, Payment Modifications

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today announced a bipartisan agreement relating to Medicare “extenders,” policies that expire unless Congress acts. Today’s Ways and Means announcement includes both the extension of current policies as well as proposed offsets. For home health care, this agreement includes a…