Choose Home Care Act is Vital New Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Home Care

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commend the introduction of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation designed to increase access to care at home by providing eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an additional care option following hospitalization. This is an important Medicare policy change that will strengthen and modernize…

Key Telehealth Bill Introduced in Senate

HEAT Act is a key NAHC priority this year A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation on Thursday, April 22, to provide reimbursement to providers for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit. Introduced as S. 1309, the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act is a top 2021 legislative priority for…

Members of Congress ask CMS to Eliminate Behavioral Rate Cut in PDGM

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)  have sent two separate letters to Administrator Seema Verma, asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider eliminating the behavioral assumption rate cut currently included in the Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM).  As part of the PDGM payment model, CMS included a 4.36…

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…

Senator: Bill to Reimburse Home Health for Telehealth Services Is Coming

A Senate Special Committee on Aging on Thursday, May 21, heard from multiple witnesses testifying to the need for more telemedicine, particularly in the home health setting, prompting committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to say “I plan to introduce a bill soon to create a framework to reimburse for telehealth services provided by home health…

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…