Posts Tagged ‘Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act’

Sen. Collins: ‘Home Care Can Reduce Cost and Improve Quality of Life’

March 26, 2013

- Contributed photoOp-Ed By U.S. Senator Susan Collins

The challenges facing our nation’s health care system today are driven by demographics. The first member of the baby boom generation turned 65 last year. Our health care system now stands directly in the path of a tidal wave of aging baby boomers who will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. That system will clearly have to adapt and change if it is to survive that impact.

One of the most important things that we can do is to shift our orientation from institutional to community and home-based care. Advances in technology and infrastructure have made it possible for older adults – who previously would have been forced to move to a hospital or nursing home – to stay just where they want to be: in the comfort, privacy and security of their own homes. In fact, a survey conducted for the Maine chapter of the AARP found that nine out of 10 Mainers would prefer to receive services at home as opposed to a nursing home or other residential care facility. (more…)

Industry Meets with MedPAC Staff About IOM Recommendation to Allow NPs to Certify Home Health Plans of Care

February 20, 2013

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) intends to review the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” and examine its implications for future Medicare policies. Commission Chairman Glenn Hackbarth and Commissioner Mary Naylor suggested that the Commission review the IOM study. The report specifically recommends that Congress amend the Medicare program to authorize advanced practice nurses to certify patients for home health care services. (more…)

AARP Report: Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

November 30, 2012

Report Highlights the Need to Allow
APRNs to Certify Patients for
Home Health and Hospice Services

The AARP Public Policy Institute released a report that explains how removing certain barriers to nursing scope of practice could benefit the health care system. The report argues that access to care would be improved to vulnerable patients if advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are able to certify home health and hospice services.

APRNs are registered nurses with advanced levels of education and include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives. APRNs provide primary care services to patients, especially those in underserved and rural communities. AARP estimates there are over 270,000 APRNs in the United States. (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…)

Home Care Industry Participates in White House Briefing on Medicare Copays, Senior Issues

July 27, 2012

Leadership of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) participated in a White House Community Leaders Briefing on Senior Issues on Monday, July 23. Members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), including NAHC, were invited to the briefing. (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…)

House Bill Introduced To Preserve Rural Home Health Services

February 15, 2012

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) recently re-introduced the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act (H.R. 3859). The purpose of the bill, according to its sponsors, is to protect and preserve access for Medicare beneficiaries in rural areas to health care providers under the Medicare program. Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and John Barrasso (R-WY) re-introduced a similar version of this legislation, the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act (S. 1680), last fall. (more…)

Senate Bill Aims to Improve Access to Home Care for Rural Areas

October 13, 2011

This week, members of the Senate Rural Health Care Caucus introduced legislation to improve rural health care that will strengthen the rural health delivery system and provide relief to home health agencies, hospitals and other providers serving rural Americans.

Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Barrasso (R-WY), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act (R-HoPE) to honor the service of the late Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY). (more…)