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NAHC Report: Issue# 2374 2/18/2014
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NAHC Strongly Opposes Any Proposal to Use Home Health and Hospice Payment Cuts and Copays to Offset the Cost of Fixing the Flawed Medicare Physician Payment Formula
NAHC Resources Available for Home Care and Hospice Advocates Prior to the March on Washington
For Your Information: NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition
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NAHC Strongly Opposes Any Proposal to Use Home Health and Hospice Payment Cuts and Copays to Offset the Cost of Fixing the Flawed Medicare Physician Payment Formula

Congressional leaders are hoping to fix the flawed Medicare physician payment formula - known as the Sustainable Growth Rate or “SGR” - permanently by March 31, when the current three-month patch expires. For more, please see NAHC Report, February 7, 2014. 

If action is not taken by March 31, either by fixing the formula permanently or patching it again, physicians will see their Medicare rates drop by 24 percent.  The cost of permanently fixing the payment formula was once estimated to be $300 billion.  Because of the slowdown in Medicare spending generally, the price tag has dropped to less than half that. 

Congressional leaders are requiring that the cost of the physician fix be offset with spending cuts elsewhere.  In the past, the committees of jurisdiction have insisted that other Medicare providers take cuts in their payments to pay for temporary physician SGR fixes.  Some policymakers have proposed more provider payment cuts and the imposition of more beneficiary cost sharing, including home health and hospice copays, as a means of paying for a permanent physician fix. 

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NAHC Resources Available for Home Care and Hospice Advocates Prior to the March on Washington

With so many issues of concern to the home care and hospice community, participation in this year’s March on Washington is strongly encouraged for all home care and hospice advocates.

This year’s March on Washington will likely be occurring at the same time that Congress will be considering a crucial SGR bill, NAHC provides many resources to home care and hospice advocates prior to the March that offer both background information and action items on some of the most important issues facing both home care and hospice agencies.

This year, NAHC has hosted a number of teleconferences on important issues facing the home care and hospice community. These teleconferences are archived here. Please note that the teleconference from December 13, 2013 has a lot of information on the budget deal reached by Congress as well as important information regarding the SGR bill.

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NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel | Washington, DC | March 23-26, 2014

Washington, DC, is the place to be this spring! Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice as we march for our profession and for the patients we serve.

NAHC will hold the 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition just steps from the White House and Capitol Hill. With so many pressing issues facing home care and hospice, participation in this year’s March is a must for all home care and hospice advocates.

The SGR bill will likely be coming to a head in Congress at the time that NAHC’s March on Washington takes place. Efforts to offset the cost of the bill pose a real and looming threat to home care and hospice providers.

NAHC strongly urges all its members to attend this year’s March. It’s a great chance to meet with your lawmakers and plead our industry’s case. We need to tell them why they should oppose cuts to home health and hospice payments, along with copayments, to fund the SGR fix.

While you are in DC you can attend cutting-edge courses in the areas of Medicare Home Health, Medicare Hospice, Medicaid Home Care and Private Duty. We urge you to take advantage of tips from NAHC staff and other experts in your field. We also hope you’ll make time to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival and see thousands of splendid trees in bloom.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, on March 23-26, 2014!

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

To make Hotel Reservations: The NAHC Discount Rate is $ 289.00/night (single/double) or $389.00/night (suite), click here.

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