Home Health Care Win on NPP Bill was 13 Years in the Making

Huge win for NAHC advocacy Please join us in thanking Congress! PLEASE DO IT NOW! Following 13 years of intense and constant advocacy, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, popularly known as the NPP bill, was signed into law last week as part of the larger $2 trillion stimulus package, the CARES Act. With…

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Provide Respite Care

Another victory for NAHC advocacy The United States Senate has unanimously passed the bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. Now this bill will have to be reconciled with the House-passed bill or go…

NAHC Fights for Rural Home Care & Hospice at Senate Hearing

NAHC President William A. Dombi told the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, February 12th, that while the “Medicare home health benefit is well managed,” it needs to be modernized to improve access to quality care in the home for all Americans, especially those living in rural areas. Committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)…

Members of Congress Ask CMS to Stop Home Health Cuts Based on Behavioral Assumptions

GO HERE to stop home health payment cuts! A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16), have written to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask her to…

The Value of Taking a Member of Congress on a Home Care or Hospice Visit

As we come upon the Easter recess of Congress, now is a good time to remind everyone in the home care and hospice community that taking a member of Congress to visit a home care or hospice patient at home is a great idea. Getting elected representatives on home care and hospice visits is a…

Legislation to Test New Health Care Delivery Models Introduced in Senate

A bill to allow state and local governments, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and other entities to test alternative designs of  health care coverage for people with advanced illnesses has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The Removing Barriers to Person-and Family-Centered Care Act (S.829) would, in addition to supporting local efforts to…

Fight to Allow Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health 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 two 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 and the…

Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan…

New Legislation to Vastly Improve PDGM Introduced in Senate

Bipartisan legislation (S. 433) has been introduced in the United States Senate to improve home health payment reforms to ensure beneficiary access to quality care services is not compromised for America’s growing senior population. Introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Doug Jones (D-AL) and…

NAHC Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Harmful Payment Rate Cuts

  STOP THE PROPOSED CMS HOME HEALTH RATE CUT! In another step towards curtailing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attempts to cut Medicare home health rates, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) have introduced legislation designed to protect patients and providers from harmful reimbursement reductions. The Collins-Stabenow-Nelson…