NAHC Submits Testimony to Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute Care
Home Health One of the Main Areas of Focus
The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health last week held the fourth in a series of hearings devoted to “bipartisan proposals to reform Medicare and Social Security,” according to the Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The hearing was particularly important to the home care community as its focus was post-acute care payments. The hearing’s witnesses were Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center of Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and; Mark Miller, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted testimony for inclusion in the hearing’s official record. In its testimony, submitted by NAHC Board Chair Andrea Devoti, NAHC emphasized that:
“Many studies have found that home health care can prevent expensive hospitalizations and nursing home stays while providing cost effective care in the home setting that people prefer… We have grave concerns about the impact of further cuts to home health care payments on access to care and want to ensure that efforts to bundle payments to post-acute care providers recognize the central role that home health should play.”