National Association for Home Care & Hospice Welcomes Input into Medicare Post-Acute Care Payment Reform
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2013) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) issued the following statement from President Val J. Halamandaris in response to an invitation from the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leaders seeking ideas from stakeholders on how to reform Medicare post-acute care payments.
NAHC has worked constructively and productively with Congress over the years offering useful solutions to strengthen the home health and hospice program. We welcome the opportunity to provide proposals to reform post-acute care payments within Medicare that can both improve care for todays seniors and extend the fiscal viability of the program well into the future. Home health care can prevent expensive hospitalizations and nursing home stays while providing cost effective care in the home setting that people prefer, keeping families together and preserving individual dignity.
Program integrity improvements can garner significant savings in post-acute care, particularly through strengthening standards for the admission of providers into Medicare. Payment for home health services is already slated for wholesale reform in 2014 through the rate rebasing that will essentially wipe out any Medicare margins, making consideration of any further action unnecessary. Other payment model reforms, such as bundling, can be expected to provide positive, patient-centered improvements that will find great support with home health services.
NAHC recently provided testimony on post-acute care payments to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. To read NAHCs full testimony, please click here.
Invitation letter from House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leaders can be read here.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.