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NAHC Report: Issue# 2445, 6/9/2014
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Recent Developments Surrounding the ACA Employer Mandate, Home Care and NAHC
Senate Special Committee on Aging Continues the Conversation on Advanced Care Planning with Roundtable Discussion
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Recent Developments Surrounding the ACA Employer Mandate, Home Care and NAHC

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has been advocating for a delay in the ACA employer mandate because it is obvious that state Medicaid programs will not be ready to address this new obligation that home care providers must face. While a simple solution would be to raise payment rates to cover health insurance costs, this is not likely to occur.

Among the various actions NAHC has underway in this advocacy effort is to get CMS to hold a Medicaid Home Care Summit on the topic of the ACA Employer Mandate to explore any and all solutions. NAHC has been working with a broad coalition of stakeholders on this effort.

Recently, NAHC was informed that Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI-3rd) have agreed to sponsor a bicameral letter to the new HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, calling on her to work with the home care and hospice community to find all available ways of solving this serious challenge to Medicaid home care.

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Senate Special Committee on Aging Continues the Conversation on Advanced Care Planning with Roundtable Discussion

The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently held a round table discussion, Continuing the Conversation: The Role of Health Care Providers in Advance Care Planning. It was the second hearing on this topic in the past year. This hearing was intended to build on the previous hearing Renewing the Conversation: Respecting Patients' Wishes and Advance Care Planning, which the committee held last June. Panelists focused on the emerging clinical care models for patients with advanced illness and what is needed to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced care planning tools.

Home care and hospice settings are often the first place families and patients are required to make important decisions about the level of care they would like to receive at the end of their lives. Emerging mostly through leadership in the private sector, providers have a number of advanced care planning models from which to choose and can help determine the model that will best serve their clients. Many of these care models are designed to provide support where the patient live, keeping care in the home and community and promoting team-based care.

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