Posts Tagged ‘House Energy and Commerce Committee’

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. 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.

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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign

June 28, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing that looked at ways to redesign the Medicare benefit. The hearing’s witnesses were: Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.Professor, Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and; Patricia Neuman, ScD., M.S., Senior Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice submitted testimony for the hearing, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to preserving the Medicare benefit without placing more financial responsibility on the backs of the program’s beneficiaries – particularly through the misguided idea to reintroduce the Medicare home health copayment. (more…)

Florida Lawmakers Appointed to Influential Health Care Committees in Congress

February 18, 2013

Calling All Advocates to Connect with Lawmakers!

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor), Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) and Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) have been appointed to congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid matters, which include oversight over the home health benefit. (more…)

Hospitals, Home Health Care Services Lobby Against Cuts in Deficit Deal

November 15, 2012

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

As lawmakers and President Barack Obama discuss possible changes to federal entitlement programs as part of a larger deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, expect provider groups to make their case loud and clear: Don’t cut us.

The American Hospital Association is circulating a list of alternatives that are well-known and included in other deficit-reduction plans, such as raising Medicare’s eligibility age, “modernizing” cost-sharing for Medicare and Medicaid and taxing junk foods and sugary drinks. (more…)

Congress Holds Hearings Fixing Flawed Medicare Physician Payment Formula

August 7, 2012

Congress has held a series of hearings in recent weeks on how to address the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. Physician groups have been called to testify about innovative alternatives. So far no consensus has emerged on a replacement for the current payment system.

The physician payment formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), was put in place to help control the burgeoning cost of physician services under Medicare. However, the application of the formula would have made significant reductions in physician payments almost since the inception of the formula. Congress has enacted a series of short term fixes to prevent cuts each year, offset by cutting payments to other Medicare providers. (more…)

Congressman Pays Tribute to Home Care Providers in the U.S. House of Representatives

June 27, 2012

The House Republican Leadership Chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, (R-OR), delivered a tribute to home care providers in a written statement submitted on the House floor and entered into the Congressional Record this week.

Touting the benefits of home care, Walden said “Fortunately for Medicare, home health care providers go above and beyond to deliver high-quality, clinically effective, efficient care, and many medical treatments that were once offered in hospital or nursing home settings are now being safely and more cost-efficiently provided in patients’ homes. Further, the home health and hospice industry helps fuel the economy with nearly 1.5 million jobs nation-wide.” Walden serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid. (more…)