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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2801, 12/7/2015
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VA Inspector General Report Identifies Concerns Regarding Access to and Oversight of Home Health Services
Cosponsor Update on the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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VA Inspector General Report Identifies Concerns Regarding Access to and Oversight of Home Health Services

On November 16, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) Office of Healthcare Inspections released a report titled, “Access and Oversight Concerns for Home Health Services, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington DC.” The report followed an inspection conducted at the request of United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), which resulted in the VA IG substantiating concerns that stemmed from allegations of a patient’s year-long wait after being approved for home health services in October 2013; during the wait time, the patient reportedly died in April 2014, months after being approved for home health services.

The inspection found that the facility’s wait times for home and community based services (HCBS) in fact exceeded a year, and that other facilities across the nation had similarly long wait lists. Incidentally, the inspection also found that local HCBS program managers failed to comply with certain “elements of national and local policy regarding quality of care, patient communication, and electronic health record documentation.” To address these concerns, the VA IG submitted recommendations (summarized below), all of which the VA has either completed or is in the process of implementing.

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Cosponsor Update on the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
Contact your Members on Congress Right Away; Only Two Weeks before Congress Adjourns for Recess

Members of Congress continue to sign on as cosponsors of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342) in order to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. The Senate version now has a total of 42 bipartisan cosponsors, and the House version has a total of 161 bipartisan cosponsors.

On December 1, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined the legislation as a cosponsor. In the House, on December 3, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA-2) joined the legislation as a cosponsor.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to encourage your members to cosponsor the bill, as time is running out before the end of the year. There are only two workweeks left before December 18 when Congress is scheduled to adjourn for recess until 2016. NAHC is especially focused on increasing the number of cosponsors in the Senate, in addition to cosponsors in the House. Please click here to see the list of Senators who have cosponsored the bill, and here for the list of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill. If any of your members have not yet cosponsored the legislation, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to request that they to do so.

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