NAHC Urges its Members to Take Action and Urge their Lawmakers to Oppose Implementation of a Home Health Surety Bond
February 24, 2015 12:34 PM
Sometime this week, a bill will be reintroduced in Congress that will include a provision that establishes a home health surety bond. The Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) was introduced late in the last congress by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Jim McDermott (D-WA) and includes a provision that would impose a home health surety bond of not less than $50,000 that is “commensurate with the volume of payments to the home health agency.” A similar proposal was also included in President Obama’s budget.
For more on PIMA, please see NAHC Report, December 9, 2014.
NAHC opposes the establishment of a surety bond because of the negative affects it would have on both home care providers as well as beneficiaries, including:
It will hurt small home health businesses that struggle to comply with the many expensive and unreasonable regulatory burdens that threaten access to care;
It’s effectively a tax on the vast majority of ethical providers to cover the cost of a few bad actors;
It gives too much discretion to CMS in setting the bond amount and implementing the requirement; and
Surety bond requirements should be time-limited and targeted to new providers only. Longstanding providers rarely present a risk to Medicare.
NAHC is urging all of its members to contact their lawmakers and ask them to oppose the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act so long as it contains the home health surety bond provision.