NAHC Urges Congress to Not Prohibit GPS & Biometrics in EVV Systems

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is urging Congress to strongly consider changes to the Cures 2.0 legislation, in particular the proposal to prohibit the use of global positioning systems (GPS) and biometrics within electronic visit verification (EVV) systems. NAHC supported the 21St Century Cures Act (21CC) and is enthusiastic about its next iteration.…

NAHC to Congress: Extend the Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver Program

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and a group of likeminded organizations have written to leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives to urge Congress to prioritize extending the Acute Hospital Care at Home (AHCAH) waiver program as part of the next government funding package on February 18th. Many seniors needing acute-level…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC, along with its affiliated organizations, is seeking member input with regards to crafting the 2021 agenda documents.

The policy staff is seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which provide the action plans and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the National Medicaid Action Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With the potential for big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, NAHC and its affiliates are developing strategies now to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and a community. We are particularly interested in any new issues that you believe should be included as part of NAHC’s overall advocacy agenda.

As references, previous versions of NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints are available on the NAHC website under Policy & Advocacy.

When the draft blueprints and legislative priorities for 2021 are completed, they will be reviewed by the NAHC Public Policy Committee, the Hospice Advisory Board, the HHFMA, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

To submit ideas to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action, please email cmcdaniel@nahc.org.

Please include:

  • A description of the issue;
  • Proposed recommendations; and
  • Your rationale for the change(s).

In addition, please be sure to include your name and telephone number and/or email address in case we need to contact you for more information on the issue or proposal.

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC, along with its affiliated organizations, is seeking member input with regards to crafting the 2021 agenda documents.

The policy staff is seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which provide the action plans and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the National Medicaid Action Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With the potential for big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, NAHC and its affiliates are developing strategies now to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and a community. We are particularly interested in any new issues that you believe should be included as part of NAHC’s overall advocacy agenda.

As references, previous versions of NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints are available on the NAHC website under Policy & Advocacy.

When the draft blueprints and legislative priorities for 2021 are completed, they will be reviewed by the NAHC Public Policy Committee, the Hospice Advisory Board, the HHFMA, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

To submit ideas to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action, please email cmcdaniel@nahc.org.

Please include:

  • A description of the issue;
  • Proposed recommendations; and
  • Your rationale for the change(s).

In addition, please be sure to include your name and telephone number and/or email address in case we need to contact you for more information on the issue or proposal.

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC, along with its affiliated organizations, is seeking member input with regards to crafting the 2021 agenda documents.

The policy staff is seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which provide the action plans and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the National Medicaid Action Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With the potential for big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, NAHC and its affiliates are developing strategies now to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and a community. We are particularly interested in any new issues that you believe should be included as part of NAHC’s overall advocacy agenda.

As references, previous versions of NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints are available on the NAHC website under Policy & Advocacy.

When the draft blueprints and legislative priorities for 2021 are completed, they will be reviewed by the NAHC Public Policy Committee, the Hospice Advisory Board, the HHFMA, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

To submit ideas to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action, please email cmcdaniel@nahc.org.

Please include:

  • A description of the issue;
  • Proposed recommendations; and
  • Your rationale for the change(s).

In addition, please be sure to include your name and telephone number and/or email address in case we need to contact you for more information on the issue or proposal.

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming…

House Passes Bill to Improve Health Care Worker Well-Being

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667), legislation to fund programs to improve the well-being and mental health of health care workers, including proivders of home-based care.

This legislation is motivated at least in part by concern about the unprecedented stress and burnout health care workers have faced as a result of the demands put upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is named for Dr. Lorna Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, who died by suicide in the Spring of 2020.

The bill passed in the U.S. Senate in August, but it will now go back to that chamber since a small change was made to the House version. If it passes, it will then go to President Biden to be signed into law.

The bill would:

  • Establish grants for health care providers and professional associations for employee education, peer-support programming, and mental and behavioral health treatment; health care providers in areas with health professional shortages or rural areas will be prioritized.
  • Establish grants for health profession schools, academic health centers, or other institutions to help them train health workers in strategies to prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. The grants would also help improve health care professionals’ well-being and job satisfaction.
  • Seek to identify and disseminate evidence-informed best practices for reducing and preventing suicide and burnout among health care professionals, training health care professionals in appropriate strategies, and promoting their mental and behavioral health and job satisfaction.
  • Establish a national evidence-based education and awareness campaign targeting health care professionals to encourage them to seek support and treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns.
  • Establish a comprehensive study on health care professional mental and behavioral health and burnout, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on such professionals’ health.

The bill calls for $45 million per year for FY 2022-2024 for the above activities.

While the early 2022 legislative calendar remains in flux, it is possible that the Senate will soon consider the legislation and possibly seek passage via the fast-tracked “unanimous consent” process, which would clear the way for President Biden to sign the bill into law.

The pandemic, coupled with historic workforce shortages that have forced providers to work longer and harder than ever before, continue to strain caregiver’s ability to take attend to their own behavioral health needs. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice urges Congress to swiftly cooperate to pass the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, and we stand ready to work with the Administration and other stakeholders to ensure its successful implementation.

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC, along with its affiliated organizations, is seeking member input with regards to crafting the 2021 agenda documents.

The policy staff is seeking input to help develop these blueprints, which provide the action plans and basis for advocacy efforts for the coming year. Throughout the year as issues develop, NAHC, HAA, and the National Medicaid Action Council gather ideas for these agendas from members, state association affiliates, advisory committees, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

With the potential for big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, NAHC and its affiliates are developing strategies now to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and a community. We are particularly interested in any new issues that you believe should be included as part of NAHC’s overall advocacy agenda.

As references, previous versions of NAHC’s Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints are available on the NAHC website under Policy & Advocacy.

When the draft blueprints and legislative priorities for 2021 are completed, they will be reviewed by the NAHC Public Policy Committee, the Hospice Advisory Board, the HHFMA, and the NAHC Board of Directors.

To submit ideas to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action, please email cmcdaniel@nahc.org.

Please include:

  • A description of the issue;
  • Proposed recommendations; and
  • Your rationale for the change(s).

In addition, please be sure to include your name and telephone number and/or email address in case we need to contact you for more information on the issue or proposal.

House Passes Bill to Improve Health Care Worker Well-Being

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667), legislation to fund programs to improve the well-being and mental health of health care workers, including proivders of home-based care. This legislation is motivated at least in part by concern about the unprecedented stress and burnout health care…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2022 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staff of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and the National Medicaid Action Council — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming…