Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Representatives’ Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (June 3, 2011) The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the bipartisan support from the House of Representatives, where 105 cosigners signed onto a letter circulated by Representatives Joe Courtney, Walter Jones, John Lewis and Linda Sanchez asking CMS to streamline face to face reporting requirements.
Last month, Senators Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins sent a similar Senate letter to CMS Administrator Berwick which had bipartisan support from a majority of Senators.
The House letter sets clear and easy modifications that CMS can implement quickly and within the scope of the law that will ease the unnecessary and cumbersome paperwork for face to face encounters, said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHCs president.
Millions of seniors utilize home health care, which saves Medicare millions of dollars annually, yet the face to face encounter rules and paperwork creates barriers to that care. We have been overwhelmed by the response from Congress and we look forward to continuing to work alongside CMS and Congress to ensure program integrity within the home health industry while maintaining access to care.
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.