Another Bill Introduced to Offer Relief from CMS' Misguided Rebasing Rule
July 23, 2014 02:01 PM
Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR) and Tom Price (R-GA) recently introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act of 2014 (H.R.5110). The SAVE Act would repeal CMS' flawed rebasing rule starting January 1, 2015 and seek to offset the cost of repeal by establishing a home health value-based purchasing program beginning in 2019. H.R. 5110 is the second bill introduced in the House that addresses CMS’ rebasing rule.
Earlier in the legislative session, Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) introduced the Medicare Home Health Rebasing Relief and Reassessment Act (H.R. 4625). Rep. Hall’s bill would suspend rebasing for a year and require CMS to consider, with input from all stakeholders, alternative rebasing methodologies and submit a report to Congress.
H.R. 4625 has garnered bipartisan cosponsors, including Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Bruce Braley (D-IA), and is supported by the entire home health industry. NAHC and the Forum of State Associations are conducting a campaign to obtain more cosponsors. For more on H.R. 4625, please see NAHC Report, July 18, 2014.
NAHC is fully committed to seeing CMS’ flawed and misguided rebasing rule overturned and is encouraged by the advocacy and actions of Congressional home health champions like Reps. Hall, Loebsack, Braley, Walden and Price. The value-based purchasing proposal contained in H.R. 5110 is complex and requires further review and analysis by NAHC staff in order to fully understand its implications for the home health industry.
A more detailed analysis of the value-based purchasing proposal will appear in a future issue of NAHC Report.
To view the full text of H.R. 5110, as well as other legislative information surrounding the bill, please click here.
To view the full text of H.R. 4625, as well as other legislative information surrounding the bill, please click here.