Senate Small Business Committee Chair Sends a Letter to HHS Secretary on Rebasing
September 20, 2013 02:32 PM
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), the Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, recently sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius surrounding CMS’ proposed home health rebasing proposal and its negative consequences for small businesses – particularly for the many home health agencies that are categorized as such.
In her letter, Senator Landrieu states that:
“The proposed rule imposes a harmful 14% reduction in Medicare home health payments by implementing the maximum allowable rebasing adjustment of 3.5% each year from 2014 to 2017. Not only will this cut directly impact Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services who are often the oldest and most vulnerable in Medicare, but it will also be detrimental to home health agencies, the majority of which are small businesses…
In my home state of Louisiana, roughly 78,000 Medicare beneficiaries rely on care from these important home health providers. I am deeply concerned that the proposed rule underestimates home health agency costs per episode of care for these beneficiaries. Specifically, it foes not appear to accurately account for actual operating costs and other recent payment reductions such as Medicare cuts under sequestration and productivity adjustments. The draft rule also relies on outdated 2011 data…
I urge you to reevaluate the methodology used in determining rebasing and take into consideration the concerns raised by home health agencies across the country.”
Senator Landrieu has long been a champion of the home care and hospice community – having addressed NAHC’s annual March on Washington in the past. Her letter to the HHS Secretary demonstrates that both beneficiaries as well as providers will be hurt if CMS’ rebasing rule goes into effect.
NAHC urges all of its members to contact their Senators and urge them to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter that will express bipartisan concern over the proposed rebasing rules.
To learn more about the rebasing issue and urge your Senators to join the Dear Colleague letter opposing rebasing, please visit NAHC’s Legislative Action Network.