Fight for a Fair Home Health Payment System at March on Washington

There is no cost to attend the 2019 March on Washington, so register now! The 2019 March on Washington is less than three weeks away and we need you to join us for two days of education and advocacy on behalf of the millions of people across America who depend on home care and hospice…

Home Health 2019 Final Rule Is Flawed and NAHC is Fighting to Improve it

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the CY 2019 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates and wage index for calendar year (CY) 2019, and it contains a number of provisions NAHC objects to and will be fighting to change before the proposed rule is implemented, which would be 2020.…

Effective Advocacy: Getting Staffers on Your Side

Previously in this series: Part 1: Home Health and Hospice Need Millions of Advocates. Join the Fight! Part 2: Effective Advocacy: Where and How NAHC Report’s ongoing series of articles on effective advocacy has implored you to join the fight and given you the basic nuts and bolts of how to advocate for home health…

Legislation to Stop Home Health Rate Cuts Introduced in Congress

STOP THE PROPOSED CMS HOME HEALTH RATE CUT! A bill just introduced in the House of Representatives would eliminate the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ability to reduce reimbursement rates for home health care. The Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of February 2018 authorized CMS to make rate adjustments on the basis of assumptions…

Help NAHC Stop CMS’ Big Home Health Rate Cut!

STOP THE PROPOSED CMS HOME HEALTH RATE CUT! In February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018. Included in this law were various reforms to the Medicare Home Health benefit. One such provision called for budget neutrality in any change to the payment model, so that future spending would remain consistent with projections…

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…

Help Protect Home Health Care for Rural Patients!

Congress is debating significant cuts in payment rates and spending on home health services, likely in the range of $3-$6 billion over the next ten years. As if that is not bad enough, there is also the distinct possibility that Congress will permanently phase out the long-standing and bipartisan rural add-on over the next three…