NAHC Summer Backyard Campaign Wrap-Up and Warm-Up to Fall Advocacy

Summer may be gone, but many home care and hospice advocates spent the warmest months contacting their elected representatives to lobby for access to quality health care in the home. Your members of Congress have returned to the nation’s capital with your voices firmly planted in their minds and hopefully a renewed interest in supporting…

NAHC Comments on Role of Physician Assistants and Other Non-Physician Practitioners in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a proposed amendment to Section 418.106(b)(1) of the hospice Conditions of Participation (CoPs) to permit a hospice to accept drug orders from a physician, Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Physician’s Assistant (PA). The proposed…

NAHC to CMS: Continue to Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Enrollment Errors

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with a group of like-minded organizations to ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue to provide time-limited equitable relief opportunity for select individuals currently or previously enrolled in Marketplace plans who delayed Medicare enrollment during their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP).…

NAHC Supports New Bill to Speed Benefits to Disabled Americans

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports new bipartisan legislation in Congress to drastically reduce the amount of time disabled Americans must wait before they receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration and Medicare. Currently, disabled Americans eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is financed by employee/employer payroll…

NAHC Issues Recommendations in Response to OIG Reports on Hospice Survey Performance and Related Concerns

NAHC address OIG concerns, recommend improvements In July the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued two reports representing in-depth study of findings from Medicare hospice recertification and complaint surveys. One report, Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries, provides broad findings on frequencies of deficiencies and recommends greater public…

NAHC Supports Legislation to Keep Veterans in Community Settings

The House of Representatives Veterans Affairs committee held a hearing on September 11 on H.R. 1527, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, a bill to expand access to home care for veterans and help keep them out of institutional settings. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), would expand access to the Medical Foster…

NAHC Calls for Important Changes to 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule

Important insights on how CMS should alter the rule to enhance access to home health The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the 2020 home health prospective payment system rate update proposed rule. The proposed rule was issued on July 11, and includes a number of provisions, most notably, the…

Grassroots Advocates: Help Authorize NPPs to Certify Home Health Eligibility

NPPs need authority to certify patients for home health. GO HERE to learn more! Become an advocate for home health now! The United States has an aging population and a serious shortage of health care professionals. By 2030, Medicare eligible seniors will make up over 20 percent of the population and we will not have…

Grassroots Advocacy: Watch this Brief Video about How You Can Stop Steep Payment Cuts to Providers

It is vital to stop home health payment cuts. GO HERE to learn more! Become an advocate for home health now! Home health care and hospice have never been more popular or necessary and that growth is poised to continue long into the future. However, as quality health care at home continues to grow, it…

Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign- Focus on Patients and Families as Advocates

This week, the kids are back to school, our legislators are making preparations to head back to work in their DC offices, and the NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign has entered its final week, with hopes of finishing strong. In the final days the grassroots advocacy campaign, we aim our focus on one of the…