NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 4: Letters to the Editor

Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign!  This year, NAHC is encouraging advocates for the home care and hospice communities to write letters to the editor of your local news publications. What is a Letter to the Editor?  When you feel strongly about an issue or a piece of legislation and you…

NAHC Urges Important Changes to CMS’ Interim Final Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the 2020 PY for the Home Health Value-Based Purchsing Model, in comments to CMS in response to the Interim Final Rule, first released on April 30, 2020. The NAHC July 7 letter to CMS…

Take Action! Urge Congressional Delay of MA-Hospice Carve-in Demonstration

GO HERE to defend hospice right now! Easy and takes only seconds! Join NAHC’s Summer 2020 Backyard Advocacy campaign! In recent months a growing chorus of hospice organizations, Medicare Advantage (MA) stakeholders, and members of Congress have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to delay the January 2021 launch of a planned…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy, Week 3: Phone Call Frenzy

As #westayhometostaysafe during the public health emergency and work to socially distance ourselves to help flatten the curve, never has there been a more appropriate time to dust off and leverage one of our most powerful advocacy tools, the phone call. In today’s world, more often than not, we are emailing, texting, and tweeting to…

Home Care Thanks Senator Susan Collins

Very few public servants have done as much for home care and the millions of people who depend on it and provide it than Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senator Collins has been a tireless advocate for the rights of all Americans to enjoy quality health care in the home, putting her in the vanguard…

Summer Backyard Advocacy 2020, Week 2: Social Media Blitz

Did you know? The word blitz is defined as a sudden energetic and concerted effort. This Summer, as we all work hard to socially distance and keep safe amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency; the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages you to flex your social media muscles to help support the…

Home Care & Hospice Summer Backyard Advocacy 2020

June is the official start to summer with Americans yearning for backyard BBQ’s and time spent with family and loved ones. This year these summer months are pivotal for the home care and hospice communities. Your Congressional representatives are working hard in DC and at home to ensure their constituents, people like you, have the…

NAHC to Senate: New COVID-19 Relief Must Include Medicaid Home Care Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a prestigious group of like-minded organizations urging the United States Senate to include Medicaid Home and Community Based Services in the next COVID-19 relief package. The letter, signed by NAHC and an amazing 251 other organizations, urges Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY),…

CMS issues Final Non-Discrimination Regulations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule significantly revising the non-discrimination regulations that implemented Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 builds on long-standing and familiar Federal civil rights laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX…

Advocacy is the Great Unifier

by Emily Bartolucci, Executive Director of the Private Duty Home Care Association Advocacy is the great unifier. It takes only passion to ignite and every action no matter how seemingly small matters. Each small action, like individual droplets of water combined with all the other water droplets of small actions, creates a wave of change.…