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NAHC Report: Issue# 2226, 6/27/2013
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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign
Second Hospice CBR Set for Release Registration for July 10 Audio Conference Now Open
For Your Information: Ask Your Representatives to Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign
NAHC Submits Testimony Opposing Home Health and Hospice Copays

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing that looked at ways to redesign the Medicare benefit. The hearing's witnesses were: Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.Professor, Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and; Patricia Neuman, ScD., M.S., Senior Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice submitted testimony for the hearing, emphasizing the organization's commitment to preserving the Medicare benefit without placing more financial responsibility on the backs of the program's beneficiaries – particularly through the misguided idea to reintroduce the Medicare home health copayment.

Much of the hearing focused on how to redesign the Medicare benefit – with ideas ranging from combined deductibles for Medicare Parts A and B and modifications to first dollar coverage for Medigap policies; to value-based cost-sharing proposals and improved coordination of care.

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Ask Your Representatives to Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, H.R. 2504, was filed yesterday by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA).  The bill will allow nurse practitioners to sign home health plans of care for Medicare beneficiaries. To learn more, please see this recent NAHC Report article.

Thanks to all of you who have Representatives on the bill already.  Let's do all we can to get a majority of the House on this bipartisan bill! 

Please take a moment to send a message through the NAHC Legislative Action Network urging you representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2504. You may go here to Write Your Legislators.

NAHC has learned that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has agreed to co-sponsor the Senate companion bill with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).  The Senate bill will be filed after the July 4 recess.

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Second Hospice CBR Set for Release Registration for July 10 Audio Conference Now Open

As previously reported, a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) for Hospice Services per Care Setting is scheduled for release on or around June 27.  The CBRs will be sent to hospices via facsimile.  This is the second CBR issued for hospice. A sample hospice CBR is available online here.  To learn more or ask questions about the CBR, an audio conference is scheduled for July 10 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST).

Registration information is available here. A national interactive map providing access to data across the nation will be available in late July on the SafeGuard Services website.

Following is a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the CBR vendor SafeGuard Services regarding the hospice CBR; these FAQs are also available online

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