The Home Care Community Must Rally to Support the Choose Home Care Act

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a landmark piece of legislation for the home care community. If enacted, it would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge. This legislation would help seriously ill individuals recover safely at home, increasing patient and family satisfaction as well as significantly reducing the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other infectious diseases.

The Choose Home model also promotes significant Medicare savings—up to an estimated $247 million annually— by offering nursing home level services in the home setting instead of in a skilled nursing facility or other institutional settings.

Further, recent polling data from Morning Consult show strong support for post-hospital care in the home with 94% of Medicare-aged respondents saying they would prefer health care at home to a nursing home. In the same poll, 86% of respondents expressed support for the Choose Home legislation, including 92% of Democrat respondents and 83% of Republican respondents.

First introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.2562) in July by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN), a companion bill in the House was introduced last Friday, October 8, a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives. It is vitally important that the entire home care community rally to support this legislation. NAHC advocates have been working for months to build support for this legislation, but now we need your help to get the bill passed by Congress and signed into law.

GO HERE to tell your Senators and your member of the House to vote for the Choose Home Care Act of 2021. It literally takes you only seconds to send a powerful message to your specific elected representatives.

“Since being introduced in the Senate, Choose Home has received an outpouring of support from America’s home health community as well as consumer and patient advocates alike, which we believe demonstrates how important it is to increase access to safe, cost-effective care at home for Medicare beneficiaries after hospitalization. We commend Reps. Cuellar and Comer for their leadership on issues impacting the delivery of home care and are excited to see this bill introduced in the U.S. House,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi, Esq.

The bill is supported by AARP, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, Leading Age, Allies for Independence, the National Council on Aging, Moving Health Home, the Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations, and the Forum of State Associations.

The House companion bill sponsored by Representatives Dwight Evans (D-PA), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Brenden Boyle (D-PA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States. As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that…

The Home Care Community Must Rally to Support the Choose Home Care Act

Tell your members of Congress to support the Choose Home Care Act of 2021! The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a landmark piece of legislation for the home care community. If enacted, it would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for…

Donna DeBlois Inducted into NAHC and HHFMA Hall of Fame

It is with pride, but heavy hearts that the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announce that the late Donna DeBlois, President of MaineHealth Care at Home, was inducted into the both the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Hall of Fame on October 1, 2021. Unfortunately, Ms. DeBlois passed away that same day, at her home surrounded by family and friends.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held later this month, where hundreds of attendees are expected. Ms. DeBlois requested contributions be made to MaineHealthCare at Home Hospice Program; Maine Health Care at Home,15 Industrial Park Rd,Saco, ME 04072.

“Donna was a very special person with a passion and dedication to health care at home that was at the center of her professional life,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi.  “She was always there for the home care and hospice community, including through leadership positions on the NAHC Board and committees and in similar capacities with the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine,” he added.  “Moreover, she brought her friendship to everyone, along with an ever-present smile that blended so well with the high professionalism of her work.”

A memorial service will be held in Maine, at which time her family will be presented with the Hall of Fame plaque that is inscribed with:

For her energetic leadership and dedication to advancing health care in the home, her innovative approaches to the delivery and administration of home care and hospice, her support and mentoring of future home care leaders,  her collaborative advocacy on behalf of home care and hospice patients and providers, her dedication and commitment to the community of home care and hospice through her deep involvement as a Board member of national and state associations, and her boundless positive spirit that she shared with all, we induct the Donna DeBlois, RN, BSW, MSB, MBA, AHCA, President, MaineHealth Care at Home jointly into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame and Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Hall of Fame.

Donna is the 64th inductee into the NAHC Hall of Fame and 18th inductee into the HHFMA Hall of Fame. She is the first person to be inducted into both simultaneously.

Bipartisan Lawmakers in U.S. House Introduce Choose Home Care Act of 2021

  • Bill would expand home-based care options for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Strong endorsement of legislation from home health provider and patient advocacy communities

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives formally introduced the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 on Friday morning, legislation designed to increase access to home health care following hospitalization for eligible Medicare beneficiaries by offering a safe, high-quality post-acute option for nursing home level services in the home.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) today commend the introduction of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and James Comer (R-KY).

The Choose Home Care Act was also introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.2562) in July by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN). GO HERE to support the Senate version of this legislation. It literally takes you only seconds to send a powerful message to your specific elected representatives.

The House companion bill is also cosponsored by Representatives Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY).

“Since being introduced in the Senate, Choose Home has received an outpouring of support from America’s home health community as well as consumer and patient advocates alike, which we believe demonstrates how important it is to increase access to safe, cost-effective care at home for Medicare beneficiaries after hospitalization. We commend Reps. Cuellar and Comer for their leadership on issues impacting the delivery of home care and are excited to see this bill introduced in the U.S. House,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi, Esq.

The bill is supported by AARP, Leading Age, Allies for Independence, the National Council on Aging, Moving Health Home, the Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations, and the Forum of State Associations.

If enacted, the Choose Home Care Act would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge. This legislation would help seriously ill individuals recover safely at home, increasing patient and family satisfaction as well as significantly reducing the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other infectious diseases. The Choose Home model also promotes significant Medicare savings—up to an estimated $247 million annually— by offering nursing home level services in the home setting instead of in a skilled nursing facility or other institutional settings.

Further, recent polling data from Morning Consult show strong support for post-hospital care in the home with 94% of Medicare-aged respondents saying they would prefer health care at home to a nursing home. In the same poll, 86% of respondents expressed support for the Choose Home legislation, including 92% of Democrat respondents and 83% of Republican respondents.

PQHH Executive Director Joanne Cunningham also thanked the House sponsors and cosponsors for their leadership in advancing this legislation in the U.S. House. “We applaud Representatives Cuellar and Comer, and all the original co-sponsors, for recognizing the value of home health and the importance of advancing legislation to increase seniors’ care options after hospitalization. With their support, we are hopeful we will see the Choose Home Care Act enacted this year in order to help us better protect our nation’s vulnerable aging and sick populations while also modernizing the Medicare Home Health Benefit,” she said.

Bipartisan Lawmakers in U.S. House Introduce Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Bill would expand home-based care options for Medicare beneficiaries Strong endorsement of legislation from home health provider and patient advocacy communities A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives formally introduced the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 on Friday morning, legislation designed to increase access to home health care following hospitalization for…

Donna DeBlois Inducted into NAHC and HHFMA Hall of Fame

It is with pride, but heavy hearts that the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announce that the late Donna DeBlois, President of MaineHealth Care at Home, was inducted into the both the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers…

New Legislation Would Expand Palliative Care Training for National Health Service Corps Providers

On Wednesday, September 29, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), both members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, announced the introduction of their Provider Training in Palliative Care Act. This bipartisan legislation would allow members of the National Health Service Corps to defer their service for up to a year…

Letter from Bill Dombi: We Need Advocates for Home Care and Hospice

Dear friends,

I have an important request to make of you today.

As you know, NAHC is tirelessly advocating for you, your patients, and your employees every day, fighting to expand access to care in the home for our nation’s most vulnerable. However, the most powerful message for elected officials is when they hear from their own voters.

We need you, as members of the NAHC community, to help us advocate for home care and hospice and engage with your members of Congress about the key legislative and regulatory priorities for our community.

NAHC’s Summer Advocacy campaign is under way right now and we need your support to make it successful. Please visit the NAHC Advocacy Center right now and take action on our key issues:

Then, please share that issue with at least ONE other person and ask them to do the same.  The NAHC Advocacy Center has pre-written messages, or you can choose to craft your own. It takes literally only a few seconds of your time to send a message and your elected officials will notice!

Each week NAHC will also be highlighting one activity you can take part in to make some noise with your elected officials and ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, protections, and resources needed during the public health emergency and beyond. (See Monday’s NAHC Report for this week’s highlighted activity.)

We need your Voices, Hearts, and Actions more than ever before and we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Bill Dombi, President of NAHC

Letter from Bill Dombi: We Need Advocates for Home Care and Hospice

Dear friends, I have an important request to make of you today. As you know, NAHC is tirelessly advocating for you, your patients, and your employees every day, fighting to expand access to care in the home for our nation’s most vulnerable. However, the most powerful message for elected officials is when they hear from…