Home care & hospice providers from forty six states complete more than one hundred visits with elected officials during the March on Washington

Home care & hospice providers from forty six states complete more than one hundred visits with elected officials during the March on Washington

March 30, 2011 12:03 PM

PRESS RELEASE

For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424
bdw@nahc.org

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Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC and Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman, NAHC, joined Speaker Julie Gerberding, Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the March on Washington & Law Symposium Conference & Exposition, March 30, 2011, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2011) – The annual March on Washington came to a close today with hundreds of home care and hospice providers from 46 states coming to DC to keep the fight alive for the critical, high-value, high-quality care that is delivered every day to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals.

Over one hundred visits were made with elected officials promoting the important work of home care and hospice and educating them on important upcoming issues including MedPAC’s co-pay recommendation to Congress and the CMS face to face encounter requirements. NAHC is opposed to the co-pay recommendation and has asked CMS to delay implementation of the face to face requirement until July 1 and in fact, many providers reported back that members of Congress were already contacting CMS regarding the face to face encounters asking them to “fix this mess.”

At the final group luncheon, Dr. Julie Gerberding, President of Merck Vaccines and former Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke to the group, advocating for the necessary investments in improving the nation’s overall health and wellness and said that the United States needs to change its focus from the cost of healthcare to the transformation of the healthcare delivery system.

The annual march comes at a time when $12 billion in Medicare cuts to the industry are already planned over the next few years even though home care and hospice is more cost effective, saving billions in Medicare expenditures. In 2009, the average home care visit cost $135.00 per day versus the average hospital visit which cost $1500 a day.   Preventive home health care saves Medicare and Medicaid billions of dollars per year.

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 10 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.

 

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