NAHC Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies
July 30, 2013 08:23 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan areas. The moratorium takes effect on July 30, 2013.
According to CMS, the goal of the temporary moratoria is to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while ensuring patient access to care. Authority to impose such moratoria was included in the Affordable Care Act, and CMS is exercising this authority for the first time.
“We fully support the action taken by CMS,” stated Val J. Halamandaris, president, National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “NAHC has long supported program integrity measures such as this and strongly recommended that Congress give CMS the authority to issue a moratorium as part of the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to continue working with CMS as it considers other areas of the country where a moratorium may be needed,” stated Halamandaris.
In its Legislative Blueprint for Action, NAHC outlines what it believes are the necessary steps to ensure program integrity within the home care and hospice community for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In the Blueprint, NAHC states that, “it is particularly important to ensure that limited health care dollars go to the provision of patient care rather than being diverted into the pockets of unscrupulous providers. A comprehensive fraud and abuse package that includes home health and hospice specific provisions and provides adequate enforcement tools to punish those who willfully and knowingly defraud the system is needed.”
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