President Obama Signs into Law Legislation Extending Home-Based Demonstration Model
U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 971) on Thursday, July 30. The legislation extends for an additional two years a home-based demonstration model, Independence at Home, which was originally implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Senate passed the legislation in April, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed it in July (see previous NAHC Report articles here and here). The bill was originally introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
Independence at Home focuses on certain high risk patients with chronic illnesses and provides incentives for improved quality outcomes and reduced expenditures. The model uses home-based primary care teams directed by physicians and nurse practitioners.