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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2649, 4/22/2015
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NAHC, Other Leading Health Care and Senior Groups, Oppose Medicare Cuts to Fund Trade Bill
Senate Panel Convenes Hearing on Improving Telehealth
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NAHC, Other Leading Health Care and Senior Groups, Oppose Medicare Cuts to Fund Trade Bill

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) on Tuesday partnered with three other leading health care associations to oppose the Medicare cuts included in the trade legislation.  NAHC and the three other organizations—the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Health Care Association—sent a letter on Tuesday to members of the US Senate and House opposing a provision in the legislation reauthorizing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that would include cuts to Medicare as a pay-for to offset the cost of the legislation. Senior groups, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, also criticized the Medicare cuts.

Subsequently, the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday passed the trade legislation including the 0.25 percent cut to Medicare providers for the last six months of 2024 to offset the cost of the legislation.  The House Ways and Means Committee is considering the legislation on Thursday.  According to a report from POLITICO, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee are working to remove the Medicare cuts, due to the opposition expressed by NAHC and others.   “We’re working on a more acceptable offset for TAA rather than taking cuts out of Medicare,” Rep. Ron Kind said to POLITICO.

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Senate Panel Convenes Hearing on Improving Telehealth
NAHC Commends Senators for Raising Importance of Expanding Medicare Reimbursements for Home Care Telehealth Services

The U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet held a hearing Tuesday on improving and expanding telehealth across the nation.  During the hearing, titled “Advancing Telehealth Through Connectivity,” several senators emphasized the importance of expanding Medicare reimbursements for telehealth services delivered to patients in their homes.  Home care and hospice telehealth services are among those currently excluded from qualifying for Medicare reimbursements.

Subcommittee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) convened the hearing to examine progress towards expanding telehealth and connectivity challenges facing providers and patients.

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NAHC Releases Educational Program Offerings for the 2015 Annual Meeting
Registration and Hotels will be available by June 1st!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has posted 90 educational offerings for the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person through the general session and pre-conference opportunities, as well as many more additional credits through programs that will be made available online.

“This is the greatest home care and hospice show on earth,” said NAHC President Val. J. Halamandaris. “These educational programs are as valuable and high-caliber as they are rewarding and convenient for our members.  With each program having a title that begins with ‘how to,’ we will offer comprehensive and precise information that participants can implement immediately upon returning to their workplace.  There is nowhere else you can go to get so much information on home care and hospice.”

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