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NAHC Report: Issue# 2366, 2/5/2014
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Bipartisan Letter Seeking Postponement and Re-evaluation of Home Health Rebasing Rule Sent to House Leadership
National Council on Medicaid Home Care Reports on Ways and Means Employer Mandate Hearing
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Bipartisan Letter Seeking Postponement and Re-evaluation of Home Health Rebasing Rule Sent to House Leadership

Earlier this week, Representatives Ralph Hall (R-TX), Tom Price (R-GA), David McKinley (R-WV) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging congressional action to postpone CMS’ Final Rule on home health rebasing and require that CMS re-evaluate the rule.

Citing previous Dear Colleague letters from last summer in both the House and the Senate, as well appeals from other stakeholders highlighting the widespread opposition to CMS’ rebasing rule, the letter states that, “urgent action is needed.”

The letter strongly reinforces the points that NAHC has been stressing since the beginning of the rebasing debate, namely that:

“If this rule is not postponed and appropriately evaluated, according to CMS projections almost half of the home health industry will be paid less than their costs. Current industry data shows that as many as 73% of home health agencies across the country could be out of business when the rule is fully implemented…

The Final Rule…clearly does not take into consideration the appeals made by the U.S. Congress and interested stakeholders. The Final Rule unnecessarily rebases payment rates at the maximum cut permitted under the Affordable Care Act: a cut of -3.5% per year over each of the next 4 years, totaling an unprecedented cut to Medicare home health funding of 14% by 2017…

Urgent action is needed as the Final Rule took effect January 1, 2014. Home health plays an essential role in our health care system by serving the Medicare population with skilled nursing and habilitation services in the least costly setting – the home, and it is imperative that we protect access to care through informed and reasonable rulemaking.”

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National Council on Medicaid Home Care Reports on Ways and Means Employer Mandate Hearing

On January 28, 2014, only hours before President Obama was scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the employer mandate included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Michelle Martin, policy director for the National Council on Medicaid Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, attended the hearing.

The hearing was well attended by the members of the Ways and Means Committee and focused on the 30-hour rule included in the ACA. The members heard testimony from five witnesses (written testimony of the witnesses can be found here):

  • Lanhee J. Chen, research fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Peter Anastos, owner, Maine Course Hospitality Group
  • Neil Trautwein, vice president, National Retail Federation
  • Thomas J. Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Helen Levy, research associate professor, Institute for Social Research

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER AT THE SPECIAL RATE
NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel | Washington, DC | March 23-26, 2014

Today is the last day to register for the March on Washington to receive the Special Offer Pricing for NAHC Members

Today is the last day to save on one of NAHC’s most exciting events. NAHC members can register for the 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition at the special rate of $350. That’s nearly $150 in savings if you register by the end of today, February 5.

The 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition provides the perfect chance for you to make an impact on those who make the policies that affect home care and hospice. Together we can raise awareness of the issues that shape our business. So lend your voice as we deliver a unified message on Capitol Hill. Meet with your members of Congress. Tell them why home care matters to constituents in your state. Then take advantage of an unrivalled chance to network with your peers and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

You’ll receive full admission to the educational sessions and exhibit hall and hear addresses by leading advocates for home and hospice. You’ll get insights from political pundits who have the inside scoop on Washington, DC.

To take advantage of our special offer, you can register the following ways:

To register, click here.
By fax: 202.547.3660
By mail: NAHC Meetings, P.O. Box 37558, Baltimore, MD 21297-3558

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