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HCAF Members Attend Annual Legislative Day at the Capitol – Important Meetings Lead to Steps that Would Eliminate the Home Health Quarterly Report

April 4, 2014

HCAF Advocates

On Wednesday, HCAF Members took to the Florida Capitol in order to lobby the State Legislature to take steps that would improve the home care industry in our state. The group of home health professionals, including a strong team sent by BAYADA Home Health Care, met with over 60 legislators to discuss eliminating or lowering the frequency of the home health quarterly report, raising the Medicaid Private Duty Nursing rate for Licensed Practical Nurses, and making sure any new framework for telemedicine includes home health nurses.

HCAF Board Member Lee Dobson and Nicole Walters, both of BAYADA Home Health Care meet with Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby).

HCAF Board Member Lee Dobson and Nicole Walters, both of BAYADA Home Health Care meet with Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby).

The day ended an a high-note, with the Senate Rules Committee adding an amendment to Senate Bill 1254 that would reduce the frequency of the home health quarterly report to twice per year. While HCAF will continue to seek full elimination of this time-consuming and obsolete report, this cuts the chances of providers missing the deadlines and being fined by half. Last year through their work at Legislative Day, HCAF advocates helped reduce the quarterly report fine from an instant $5,000 to $200 per day. It was these advocates’ meetings with members of the Senate Rules Committee (Senators Thrasher, Galvano, Richter, Simpson, Sobel, Margolis, and Negron) that paved the way for achieving this accomplishment. HCAF would also like to thank Senator Denise Grimsley for adding the measure to her bill. Furthermore, on the same day, both the House and Senate passed versions of the state budget including increases to Medicaid PDN LPN rates. Both chambers will seek to rectify some differences between each version before sending it to Governor Rick Scott for approval.

While we are proud of these accomplishments, we hope to have even more participation next year in order to tackle additional measures to improve home health in Florida! We will work to assist you in keeping close watch of future developments and will look to our members for assistance with increased advocacy in their legislators’ home districts.

In addition, HCAF was honored to have Representative Amanda Murphy (D-New Port Richey) as the keynote speaker at our Annual Legislative Briefing Dinner. Rep. Murphy spent ample time speaking and answering questions from members about the state of healthcare in Florida, how she expects home care to fit in, and effective ways of communicating with legislators. HCAF would like to thank Rep. Murphy for giving us ample time in the middle of her busy legislative session schedule!

From Left: Chris Lipson, HCAF Director of Government Affairs and Member Advocacy, Rep. Amanda Murphy (D-New Port Richey), HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley, HCAF Board President Anthony Clarizio

From Left: Chris Lipson, HCAF Director of Government Affairs and Member Advocacy, Rep. Amanda Murphy (D-New Port Richey), HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley, HCAF Board President Anthony Clarizio

Industry Reps Meet with Key Congressman to Discuss CMS Proposed Rule

July 12, 2013

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.┬áThe 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.

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2013 Board of Directors Election Results

June 10, 2013

Election ResultsResults for HCAF’s 2013 Board of Directors Election are in! After several close races with 24 highly qualified candidates, the winners are… (more…)