Contact Your Representatives and Senators: Sign- On Letters To CMS On Home Health Rebasing
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
by: Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

All VNAA members should contact their Senators and Representatives and ask them to “sign- on”  to a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing deep concern with the 14 percent cut outlined in the proposed 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule. 

While the House and Senate letters are slightly different, their message is the same.  The letters advocate that – if finalized in its current form – the proposed rule is projected to drive Medicare reimbursement below costs in all states across the country and curtail access to care for the most vulnerable Medicare seniors.   The letters urge CMS to: 1) include all routinely-borne operating costs in the proposed rule and 2) conduct a detailed four-year impact analysis in order to ensure seniors’ continued access to home health in every state. 

The proposed rule would cut Medicare home health funding by 14 percent over 4 years (3.5 percent reduction each year in 2014-2017), as a result of the rebasing of the 60-day episode payment rate.  
Interested Representatives, ask staff to contact the following to sign on. 
·         Devon Seibert (McKinley) —
·         Louis Agnello (Matsui) —
Interested members of the Senate should contact the following staff to add their names to the letter:
·         Alex Sheff —

To view a list of the current signatories and view the letter in full, click on this link.
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