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NAHC Report: Issue# 2563, 12/8/2014
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Brady Anti-fraud Bill Addresses Drug Prescribing Issues for Hospices; Audit and Education Reform and DME F2F Modifications
NAHC Hosts Holiday Reception
For Your Information: NAHC, Hospice Association of America, and Medicaid Council Seek Input on 2015 Legislative, Regulatory Agendas
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Brady Anti-fraud Bill Addresses Drug Prescribing Issues for Hospices; Audit and Education Reform and DME F2F Modifications

In recent weeks, the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) (H.R. 5780). The bill includes a provision that would impose a home health surety bond of not less than $50,000 that is “commensurate with the volume of payments to the home health agency.” 

The bill also contains several provisions that would affect hospices and how they may administer certain controlled substances. While it appears that the legislation will not see action prior to the end of this legislative session, it may be a starting point for discussions early next year.  Below is a synopsis of those issues:

Part D Enrollees at Risk for Abuse of Opioids, Other Pain Meds would have Limits on Prescribers, Pharmacies for these Drugs, with Exemption for Hospice Enrollees

As part of H.R. 5780, Rep. Brady and his colleagues seek to address concerns about potential “drug seeking” as part of the Medicare program through establishment of a drug management program for at-risk beneficiaries starting January 1, 2017.  Under the program, Part D enrollees determined to be at-risk for prescription drug abuse could be limited to one or more physicians and one or more pharmacies for certain opioids and similar drugs.  Once a beneficiary has been determined to be not at risk, he or she will be removed from the drug management program.

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NAHC Hosts Holiday Reception
Event hosted at the Frederick Douglass Museum honored Medicare and Medicaid’s 50 anniversary; Senator Susan Collins and Home Care and Hospice Month

NAHC recently hosted a holiday reception at the Frederick Douglass Museum on Capitol Hill. Representatives from all 71 organizations that make up the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAG) were invited. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who is poised to become Chair of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, was the guest of honor. The purpose of the reception was to recognize Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary, honor Senator Collins on her ascension to Chair of the Aging Committee, and to celebrate the successful conclusion of November as Home Care and Hospice Month.

"With all the challenges and opportunities facing the home care and hospice community, this event gave us several reasons to be thankful," said NAHC's Vice President of Government Affairs Jeffrey Kincheloe. "For 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have been providing quality, affordable healthcare for the nation's seniors, and we will fight to ensure that they continues to do so; there couldn't be a better-suited, more capable person to lead the Senate's Committee on Aging than home care and hospice champion Susan Collins; and Home Care and Hospice Month gave us all the opportunity to reflect on all the selfless work being done by those who have responded to the calling to care for others in their homes."

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NAHC, Hospice Association of America, and Medicaid Council Seek Input on 2015 Legislative, Regulatory Agendas

Each year the policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates—the  Hospice Association of America (HAA), and the National Council on Medicaid Home Care (Medicaid Council)—develop agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. The process of compiling the NAHC Legislative and Regulatory Blueprints for Action for 2015 has begun.

With potential big changes on the legislative and regulatory horizon for next year on Capitol Hill, NAHC, HAA, and the Medicaid Council are planning ahead as always with strategies to protect the continued viability of home care and hospice. Please take a moment to communicate your thoughts for these agendas to guide us as an association and community.

Please take a moment to take the breif surveys of interest below to help these organizations develop their 2015 frameworks for action.

NAHC Legislative Priorities

NAHC Regulatory Priorities

Hospice Legislative & Regulatory Priorities

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