Power of the Pen: VNAA Pries Loose Delayed Patient Report from CMS
The Affordable Care Act included language instructing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to conduct a study of vulnerable patients and submit a report to Congress by March 31, 2014. The language also instructed CMS to develop a four-year demonstration project to begin on January 1, 2015. The study was completed on time but, when no report had been submitted seven months later, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America wrote a letter demanding that CMS obey the law and got seven members of Congress to sign it. As of this writing, CMS has not responded.