This urgent plea comes from Calvin McDaniel, Deputy Director, Government Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
If you have not yet done so, please use the link below to contact your Members of Congress. Then, please encourage your employees to do so as well.
In late July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their proposed rule for payment updates for calendar year 2018. Included in this rule is a 2019 policy proposal, the "Home Health Groupings Model," which will be the most significant change to the prospective payment system since it was put in place 17 years ago. Some of the most concerning provisions:<>
Stakeholder involvement in developing this policy was minimal, at best. These proposals have not been tested and there is no evidence to demonstrate the deep impacts they will have on patients and providers alike. This rule is not finalized yet, and there is still time to take action so that the policy may be withdrawn. NAHC is working with the Administration and Congressional Leaders to remove this damaging model, but the association needs your help to get there.
Please head to the NAHC Legislative Action Center to add your voice to the campaign against this proposal. It is a simple process and will help get the industry's message out:
This will send a pre-drafted email to your Senators and Representative that lays out NAHC's concerns with the proposal and asks that they urge CMS to withdraw it and work with stakeholders on developing changes to the PPS model. You also have the option of deleting the pre-drafted message and writing your own.
Calvin McDaniel can be reached at 202-547-7424.
Identical Case Made by Industry's Largest Providers
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare has launched a grassroots platform to inform lawmakers and the public that the home health community is asking Congress to help ensure CMS withdraws the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) from the proposed rule.
The advocacy platform lives on the Partnership website and is very easy to navigate. It allows advocates to email their Senators and House Representatives as well as submit a letter to their local newspaper.
"We encourage home health providers to utilize this important tool to express their concerns related to HHGM and put pressure on Congress to help stop HHGM from being finalized in the rule," says a strongly-worded Partnership news release. "We want to drum up as much activity as possible before the September 25 comment period deadline."
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