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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More of Florida’s home health agencies have questionable billings than any other state, a report found. Now, federal regulators are considering a moratorium on HHA enrollment here.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General study released Aug. 3 found that 52 percent of the state’s 1,251 HHAs had questionable Medicare billing practices in 2010, compared with the national average of 9 percent. Florida accounted for 25 percent of the HHAs in the nation that were flagged. (more…)
HCAF Government Affairs Director Kyle Simon met today with Obama Administration officials at the White House Community Partnership Summit in Orlando to discuss industry issues on behalf of Florida home care agencies and nurse registries. The Summit marked the fourth of 10 being held in cities across the country where community leaders work together alongside Administration officials to discuss the nation’s most pressing challenges and find partnership opportunities between the public and the government.
By Ledge King, Fort Myers News-Press
Florida’s home health care industry is warning an Obama administration proposal that mandates minimum wage and overtime pay for thousands of its workers will drive up costs and ultimately harm home-bound patients.
Workers’ advocates counter a fairer pay scale would mean less turnover and better care.
The issue is critical to one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Almost 12,000 firms nationwide — including about 2,100 in Florida — employ about 2 million home health care workers who help an aging population stay in their homes by providing care such as cooking, bathing, cleaning and companionship. (more…)