Posts Tagged ‘Dobson DaVanzo & Associates’

Home Health Firms Met With OMB, But Failed To Avert Proposed Pay Cuts

July 11, 2013

By John Wilkerson, Inside Washington Publishers

Representatives of the home health industry met with Office of Management and Budget officials to make a case against pay cuts shortly before CMS proposed the 2014 pay rule for that sector, but the proposed rule that industry had been awaiting since the Affordable Care Act passed still made pay cuts that the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare called “alarming.” Industry is arguing for more targeted pay cuts and is lobbying for an alternative fraud-fighting proposal that it estimates would save nearly $20 billion – industry’s earlier preliminary estimates put the savings at around $15 billion.

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare on July 10 issued results of a national poll of registered voters that finds that 93 percent of seniors surveyed think Congress should stop Medicare fraud instead of cutting Medicare payments or increasing fees on seniors’ Medicare services. (more…)

Analysis: Florida Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline

June 6, 2013

The Home Care Association of Florida in coordination with the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today released data demonstrating that the rebasing of Medicare home health payments within the proposed Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule for 2014 will negatively impact Florida’s home health sector and the 342,570 vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health by driving Medicare margins to an all-time low. Leaders are urging regulators to carefully consider home health sector’s current-law economics when implementing this policy.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is directed to rebase home health payments between 2014 and 2017 by a percentage determined appropriate by the Secretary.  This percentage is to be implemented in equal increments during each year from 2014 through 2017. (more…)

AHHQI Releases Report on Reducing Post-Acute Care Cost

October 16, 2012

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) released details of their Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) project which focused on reducing post-acute spending by improving the process of transitioning patients following hospital discharge.

The final CACEP report builds upon a series of working papers assessing the volume, payments, patient pathways, and readmissions of various types of post-acute care episodes. The purpose of this study is to better understand how episodes of care are currently provided and to model uses of the home health benefit that are potentially more effective within the Medicare program. Another purpose is to inform the health policy community of opportunities in which more effective and innovative use of post-acute care settings could transform the delivery system and enable a more efficient use of resources.

Key findings of the study include: (more…)

Post-Hospital Choice Can Save Medicare Billions

October 12, 2012

By Joyce Frieden, MedPage Today

WASHINGTON – Directing Medicare beneficiaries into the most cost-efficient setting possible after a hospital stay could save the program $35 billion to $100 billion over the next decade, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a home care trade association, reported Wednesday.

“This isn’t a silver bullet to fix Medicare but it could make a difference,” Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) said at a press conference where the report was issued. “Better post-acute care leads to less frequent hospital readmissions, plain and simple.” (more…)

Rep. Deutch Cosponsors Bill to Allow Ancillary Health Care Professionals Sign Medicare Home Health POCs

September 11, 2012

Rep. Deutch

HCAF is excited to announce that because our tireless efforts to promote federal legislation that benefits the home health care industry, U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) will cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. Rep. Deutch becomes Florida’s third cosponsor for the bill, joining Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Tequesta) and Kathy Castor (D-Tampa).

Introduced in June 2011, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 227H.R. 2267) would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and physician assistants to sign Medicare home health plans of care. To date, the bill has 116 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and is currently the industry’s most promising piece of legislation in Congress. (more…)

Congressman Rooney Cosponsors Bill to Allow Ancillary Health Care Professionals Sign Medicare Home Health Plans of Care

June 19, 2012

Rep. Rooney

HCAF is excited to announce that our recent advocacy efforts in support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act have proven successful!

On Monday, Congressman Tom Rooney, a Republican representing the 16th District (Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach), joined Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa as the bill’s second cosponsor. (more…)