Update: House Sign-On Letter to CMS on Payment Cuts and Unsustainable Value Based Purchasing Penalty Percentage
Since last week, seven additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have agreed to co-sign the letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent the proposed home health case mix cut and Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) penalty percentage. The seven additional members include: Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-9), Richard Hanna (R-NY-22), David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1), Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7), Luke Messer (R-IN-6), Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-5).
The current total number of members who have agreed to co-sign the letter is 15. The letter is being circulated to House members by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR-2), Tom Price (R-GA-6), James P. McGovern (D-MA-2), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) (see previous NAHC Report article here). Other members who have signed the letter include: Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-9), Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA-3), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20), and Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5). Congratulations New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia, Massachusetts, Louisiana, New York, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and California for getting one or more of your Representatives on the letter.
Please use NAHC’s Legislation Action Center (click here) to encourage your Representative to sign the letter today. The deadline to sign the House letter has been extended to September 15 since many health staffers are saying they will need to get final approval from their bosses after they return from recess on September 8.
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