NAHC Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies
July 29, 2013 08:32 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2013) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan areas. The moratorium takes effect on July 30, 2013.
“We fully support the action taken by CMS,” stated Val J. Halamandaris, president, National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “NAHC has long supported program integrity measures such as this and strongly recommended that Congress give CMS the authority to issue a moratorium as part of the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to continue working with CMS as it considers other areas of the country where a moratorium may be needed,” stated Halamandaris.
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.