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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2797, 12/1/2015
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Senate Republicans Attempt to Revise Affordable Care Act Repeal Legislation to Overcome Obstacles
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National Quality Forum Releases Measures Under Consideration

Late last week, the National Quality Forum (NQF) released its plan to review standardized performance measures being considered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services across 16 different federal health programs including home health and hospice. The NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) will review the measures. The list of measures under consideration (MUC) includes two specific measures for the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) and one other specifically for oncology patients receiving hospice care while there are six measures impacting the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP). Four of these six measures are required by the IMPACT Act. There are also various other measures that mention hospice or home health (either including or excluding the population in the measure calculation) but not directly impacting hospice or home health quality data.

The measures are listed below and the first round of comments is due December 7, 2015. NAHC is submitting comments. Please send your feedback on hospice measures to Katie Wehri at and on home health measures to Mary Carr at by close of business on December 3, 2015. We will compile comments on December 4 and submit them by the deadline of December 7.

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Senate Majority Leader McConnell Announces Vote on Affordable Care Act Repeal to Occur this Week
Senate May Amend House-Passed Legislation to Include Language Phasing Out Medicaid Expansion

On Tuesday, December 1, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will vote this week on the Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762) to repeal provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) using a process requiring only 51 votes for passage. In addition, the Senate will reportedly consider amendments to the House-passed legislation, including language to phase out Medicaid expansion. While the language phasing out Medicaid expansion was not included in the House-passed bill, Senate Republicans may vote on an amendment addressing the issue in order to attract conservatives who have expressed reservations that the House bill would not repeal enough of the ACA. In the event that the Senate passes the bill, President Barack Obama is widely expected to veto the measure.

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