Action Alert: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
Contact Your Lawmakers, and Complete Survey to Support Legislation Allowing Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Services
October 6, 2015 03:22 PM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is continuing its efforts to build support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342), which would allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. NPPs are increasingly relied upon as primary practitioners among Medicare beneficiaries across the country. However, Medicare remains stuck in the 1960s, allowing only physicians to establish the patient’s plan of treatment and to certify Medicare eligibility for the home health services benefit. As a result, patients face the burden of first visiting an unknown physician in order to receive home health care services.
Legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that would remove the limitation on the authority of NPPs in home health. The House legislation currently has 140 cosponsors, and the Senate legislation has 37 cosponsors. Please click here to see the list of Senators who have cosponsored the bill, and here for the list of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill. If any of your members have not yet cosponsored the bill, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to urge them to do so right away. NAHC and advocates are only three away from hitting our goal of 40 cosponsors in the Senate.
In addition, if you have not yet done so, please take a moment to fill out NAHC’s survey on the role of NPPs in home care, to collect information in support of the legislative effort. NAHC requests that all home health agencies take a few moments to complete this quick survey by Wednesday, October 6, at midnight. Click here for the previous NAHC Report article, which provides more information including a link to the survey.