National Association for Home Care & Hospice Welcomes Input into Medicare Post-Acute Care Payment Reform
June 25, 2013 08:49 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently issued a 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.
The statement issued by Mr. Halamandaris follows below:
“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 today’s 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.”
To read NAHC’s full testimony from the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on post-acute care payments, please click here.
To read more about the Health Subcommittee’s Post-Acute Care Payments hearing, please click here for a recent NAHC Report article.
For more information about previous Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearings, please click here for a recent NAHC Report article on the Subcommittee’s hearing on Medicare reform, and click here for a recent NAHC Report article on the Subcommittee’s hearing on Medicarebenefit design.
The invitation letter from House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leaders can be read here.