Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’

Home Health Line: Florida Association Seeks Congressional Relief From MA Pain

June 24, 2013

By Burt Schorr, Home Health Line

The visit authorization delays and denials home health agencies long have experienced in serving Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees show no signs of going away. But a new letter from the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) to a key senator aims to provide relief for the ever-worsening situation.

Home health executives are finding themselves forced to invest more and more hours in getting the information and authorizations plans require. Indeed, plans’ coverage reductions and delayed authorizations effectively have restricted beneficiary access to quality home care, the HCAF noted in its recent letter to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. (more…)

Bobby Lolley: The Future of Healthcare is Right At Home

April 8, 2013

InOurOpinion_12HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley submitted the following op-ed to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel following its March 11, 2013 article ‘Home Care, Tele-Medicine Cut Health Costs‘.

In Washington, D.C. and in communities across the nation – like in Southeast Florida – it would be impossible to deny that times are tight when it comes to healthcare dollars. As Congress continues to grapple with various budget plans and proposals, and with the sequester beginning to take a serious bite out of Medicare reimbursement, healthcare providers are turning over every stone to try and stretch the precious dollars allotted for care of America’s seniors. We’re also trying to do what’s best for patients – giving them quality, choice and the best value possible. (more…)

HCAF Calling for Input on Medicare Advantage & Home Health

April 1, 2013

HCAF representatives met recently with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging staff, which is now chaired by Florida Senator Bill Nelson, to discuss issues impacting Medicare providers and beneficiaries. A major topic of discussion was Medicare Advantage and the concerns expressed my multiple providers related to authorization of care, specifically reduced and delayed authorizations. (more…)