More Cosponsors Support Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
Bills support now numbers 154 Representatives and 24 Senators
The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013, H.R. 2504, introduced by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) in the House, and S. 1332, introduced Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate, now has 154 and 24 cosponsors, respectively. The bipartisan bill will allow physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
NAHC strongly supports this legislation, and encourages all of its members to contact their lawmakers and urge them to become cosponsors.
Currently, Medicare recognizes PAs, NPs, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives as authorized providers who are able to perform many services for Medicare beneficiaries, including ordering nursing home care and prescribing medicine. However, they are not able to order less costly and less intrusive home health care services. Even in states such as Oregon that have explicitly expanded their laws to allow other medical providers to order home care, Medicare will still not certify payment for these services until a physician signs the order.