How to Become an Advocate for Home Care and Hospice

It’s a lot easier than you think! One of the most common questions we receive at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) is, “I want to become an advocate, but where do I start?” Every time I hear this question, a little part of my soul smiles and another part wonders where…

Fight for the Future for Home Care and Hospice!

Save the date now for March on Washington 2020! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) invites you to join us in Washington, D.C. on March 23 and 24 for the annual March on Washington, two days of policy education and advocacy in the halls of Congress. Please REGISTER NOW for March on Washington. Registration…

NAHC to Congress: Make Spousal Impoverishment Protection and Money Follows the Person Program Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge leaders in both houses of Congress to pass the permanent extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections included in the bipartisan Drug Pricing Reduction and Health and Human Services Improvement Act…

Legislation to Extend Key Home Care Programs Proposed in Senate

Bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has announced proposed legislation providing for the extension of several programs within Medicare and Medicaid. Commonly referred to as an “extenders package” the legislation provides for the continuation of programs that are currently on track to exhaust their current funding allocation. Notable to home care and hospice providers…

Join NAHC in 2020 to Put Home Care First

2020 is still in its infancy, but this year will be historic for policy advocacy here in our nation’s capital and around the country. Caucuses and primaries begin in just a couple of week and, of course, the White House, the entire House of Representatives, one-third of the Senate, and thousands of offices on the…

The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues…

CMS Releases Long-awaited Details on MA/Hospice Carve-in

Demonstration Planned for CY2021 Late December 19, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model Incorporation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit into Medicare Advantage (MA), through which it is seeking participation by MA plans.  Eligible MA plans in all states and…

Future Home Health and Hospice Quality Measures Under Consideration

As was previously reported, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were  released and NAHC submitted comments concerning the two measures, one for each program.  On December 18, 2019, the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) released its 2019-2020 Preliminary…

NAHC Tells Congress to Reject Deep Cuts to Health Care Spending

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded health care organizations in urging the United States Senate to reject the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, legislation that could result in deep spending cuts to health care programs that are vital to the well-being of hundreds of millions of…

MedPAC Staff Recommend 7 Percent Cut in Medicare Payment to Home Health Providers

On December 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for a session titled Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Home Health Care. This is an annual process where the commission receives a presentation evaluating payment adequacy for services rendered, as well as a report on patient access to home health services, and quality of…