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NAHC Comments on Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Policy Options: Home Care Comments (Part 1 of 2)
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NAHC Comments on Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Policy Options: Home Care Comments (Part 1 of 2)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee regarding the Chronic Care Working Group’s policy options document titled, the “Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Document.” As reported in the December 29, 2015, edition of NAHC Report (available here), the Senate Finance Committee released the policy options document in December 2015 after announcing the creation of the Working Group in June 2015. NAHC has been actively engaged in discussions with the Committee on this important issue; for previous coverage of some of NAHC’s activities in this area, please go herehere, and here. Releasing the options document was intended to generate additional comments, feedback, and input from Finance Committee members and stakeholder groups as the Committee works on a more finite list of policy ideas to improve care coordination in the Medicare program.

“We strongly support the direction of the Working Group in considering that caring for individuals with chronic illness in their own homes should be a central aim of any policy reforms,” NAHC stated in its comments submitted to the Senate Finance Committee. “Home care presents the best opportunities to provide high quality care while controlling Medicare spending. It is also a quickly scalable way of coping with the fast-growing population of Medicare beneficiaries as the baby-boomer generation ages.”

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Mileage Study Press Conference Highlights: Karen Thomas on the Importance of Telehealth Services

Karen Thomas is the President of Oxford HealthCare in Springfield, Missouri. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris introduced Ms. Thomas, saying she would discuss “the importance of telehealth and other technologies,” as well as the challenges presented by the fact that agencies are not reimbursed by Medicare for telehealth.

Ms. Thomas explained that telehealth is becoming increasingly important as more and more people are receiving care outside of “the traditional walls” of the hospital and skilled nursing facilities. Instead, patients are receiving care in their homes, “where they want to be,” and where they can receive care that is “less expensive” and “very effective.”

With the challenges of an aging population, along with a shortage of nurses to care for them, one of the ways to provide needed care is through telehealth. “Remote patient monitoring,” she said, “is the service of providing a device in the home which enables us to gather all the biometric readings. It enables for questions regarding symptoms to be answered… and allows us to care for that person and understand what’s going on with that patient.”

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