Industry Reps Meet with Key Congressman to Discuss CMS Proposed Rule

FL-USCong_Bilirakis-2013-07-12Home care industry representatives today met with U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Tarpon Springs), a four-term Tampa Bay area congressman who serves on a key health care committee in Congress.

BAYADA Home Health Care’s Jeanne Barton and Carson Barnes and HCAF’s Kyle Simon met with Rep. Bilirakis to discuss the recent CMS proposed rule, which calls for a 1.5 percent cut Medicare home health reimbursement rates in 2014. The rule also includes a 3.5 percent annual cut over four years to rebase Medicare rates, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The discussion gave industry representatives the opportunity to highlight to Rep. Bilirakis the importance of home health care and the role it plays in offering high quality, cost effective care for more than 300,000 Florida seniors each year.

Rep. Bilirakis was recently appointed to the House Energy & Commerce Committee and services on the Health subcommittee, which has direct jurisdiction over Medicare issues. Rep. Bilirakis is one of four members of Florida’s 29-member congressional delegation to have the distinction of serving on a Medicare-related committee in Washington.

HCAF is urging Florida’s congressional delegation to raise these concerns to CMS officials. The Association will also submit comments to CMS detailing provider concerns about rebasing and cuts, which have totaled more than $72 billion since 2009.

Take Action: Meet Your Lawmaker in August

Members of Congress will be home next month for August recess, and it’s critical that home care professionals meet with lawmakers to address our concerns. Please contact Kyle Simon, HCAF Government Affairs Director, by clicking here if you are interested in meeting your representative in Congress.

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