VNAA Calls On Members To Seek Co-Sponsor for Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2504/S. 1332)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

VNAA Southeast Regional Meeting Provides Timely Insight

VNAA has put together a terrific agenda of educational sessions for its Southeast Regional Meeting on Dec. 5-6 in High Point, N.C. Educational sessions will include how to approach a financial performance evaluation and target ways to improve, as well as a tutorial covering ICD-10 coding changes that will affect home health and hospice providers.

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Follow the Pathway to Best Practices

VNAA introduces a new quality improvement and workforce training resource, the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence. It is a designed to provide information and tools for home health organizations, payers, policymakers, researchers and others with a stake in improving care transitions.

Available at no cost, the VNAA Blueprint includes research- and practice-based tools and training, as well as measurement and evaluation resources to guide home health care practices.

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VNAA asks its members to call on members of congress to support improving beneficiary access to home health care services by co-sponsoring H.R. 2504 in the House and S. 1332 in the Senate, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013. Use VNAA’s Contact Congress to take action.

In addition to sending out an Action Alert to members requesting support on securing co-sponsors for the Home Healthcare Planning Improvement Act, VNAA also played an active role in Senate and House briefings of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

AANP’s briefing to hill staffers highlighted that today’s nurse practitioners (NPs) play an increasingly important role in managing and delivering health care to Americans.  NPs are recognized under certain state laws and regulations to complete and sign physical examination forms and other medical certification documents.  
The briefings focused on a request to move the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2504/S. 1332).  VNAA supports this legislation, which would authorize nurse practitioners to certify patient eligibility for Medicare home health services.

In the last Congress, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act received the support of 123 Representatives and 18 Senators. Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for beneficiaries who need home health services. Your support can make a difference. Please call and send an email to your Senators and Representatives asking them to co-sponsor this important legislation.  
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