Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Senators Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (May 19, 2011) The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commended the bipartisan majority of Senators who signed onto a letter calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator to ease rules hindering Medicare recipients access to home care services.
Todays letter, signed by a bipartisan majority of Senators and the eight additional Senators who sent separate but comparable letters, sends a clear signal to CMS that Congress has heard the concerns of the medical community and is prepared to stand up for seniors right to accessible home care, said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHCs president. On behalf of the millions of seniors who depend on home care, we applaud Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Susan Collins for leading this effort.
CMS has the authority to improve the flexibility and manageability of physician documentation standards with the face-to-face encounter requirement for Medicare beneficiaries. The current unnecessary and burdensome paperwork is a barrier to home health services for seniors who need this vital care that helps control Medicare costs. We look forward to continuing to work with CMS and Congress to ensure we maintain responsible oversight while preserving these important services for our most vulnerable population.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 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 each year to some 10 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC is committed to excellence in every respect and provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.