NAHC Urges its Members to Contact their Lawmakers and Ask them to Support the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act
March 4, 2015 10:37 AM
Last week, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chick Schumer (D-NY) reintroduced the Home Health Planning and Improvement Act of 2015 (S.578). The bill seeks to allow health care professionals other than physicians to sign home health plans of care and is identical to legislation that was introduced in the last Congress.
It is anticipated that a companion bill will be introduced in the House with bipartisan support in the coming days. NAHC strongly supports this legislation, and encourages all of its members to contact their lawmakers and urge them to support this legislation.
Non-physician health care providers are increasingly providing necessary medical services to Medicare beneficiaries, especially in rural and underserved areas. NPs, CNSs, CNMs, and PAs in rural or underserved areas are sometimes more familiar with particular cases than the attending physician, so allowing them to sign orders may be most appropriate.
In addition, they are sometimes more readily available than physicians to expedite the processing of paperwork, ensuring that home health agencies will be reimbursed in a timely manner and that care to the beneficiary will not be interrupted. The Institute of Medicine released a study that recommends that NPs and CNSs be allowed to certify eligibility for Medicare home health services.
To take action and urge your lawmakers to support this important legislation, please click here.
To make the case to your elected officials and their staff in person about this legislation, please join other home health and hospice advocates from around the country at this year’s March on Washington.
Please click here to register to attend.