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…

Senate Committee Approves Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Authority

On Tuesday, April 24, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a markup on S. 2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act. This comprehensive legislative package takes many different angles to combat the opioid addiction crisis affecting people nationwide. Notable to the hospice industry was the inclusion of a provision allowing hospice providers…