On Oct. 31, Tracey Moorhead, VNAA CEO and President, participated in a roundtable organized by the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The roundtable, an intimate and informal discussion forum, was led by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and focused on regulations in post-acute care. Other senators participating in the roundtable included Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Moorhead used the opportunity to outline opportunities for nonprofit home health and hospice providers in current delivery system reforms, as well as VNAAâ€™s vision for home health and hospice in PAC reform. Moorhead specifically noted that the current proposed rebasing regulation would severely jeopardize the availability of a key community resource for delivery system reform models. She provided compelling arguments regarding the negative impact that the proposed rebasing cuts of 14 percent over four years would have on agencies and emphasized that a home health copayment would harm beneficiary access to care. Lastly, Moorhead shared with the senators the need to provide funding for telehealth and HIT.
The roundtable also included participation from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the American Health Care Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.