NAHC Commends CMS on Program Integrity Announcement
January 31, 2014 12:25 PM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
WASHINGTON D.C. (January 31, 2014) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement:
"NAHC has advocated for a moratorium on the certification of new Medicare home health providers in certain areas of the country where an overabundance of providers leads to potentially abusive practices. The extension and expansion of the home health moratorium is a necessary and appropriate measure," said Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “We will continue to work with CMS to establish home care as the benchmark of program integrity in Medicare."
NAHC has recommended the use of a moratorium in home health for a number of years and spearheaded inclusion of authority for it in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.