Visiting Nurse Associations of America Visits Capitol Hill To Gain Support For Important Legislation Impacting Home Health and Hospice Care
Tuesday, November 26, 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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Over the past several weeks, the public policy team from the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) has visited with several congressional offices on Capitol Hill to raise visibility and support for issues important to home health and hospice care. VNAA met with staff from the offices of Sens. Nelson (D-FL), Casey (D-PA), Carper (D-DE), Brown (D-OH), and Landrieu (D-LA).

While visiting congressional offices, VNAA asked lawmakers to oppose the 14 percent rebasing proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is scheduled to take place in equal segments over the next four years, as well as new copayments for home health. VNAA asked legislators to support the Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013 (HR 3306), which would allow for the use of medically necessary Medicare home health services to assist patients who require skilled care - whether it is post-acute or a pre-acute need community admission.  

Additionally, VNAA is requesting co-sponsorship support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R.2504), a bill that would revise limitations on payments for home health care services. The bill would allow payment for home health services to Medicare beneficiaries by, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist working in collaboration with a physician in accordance with state law, a certified nurse-midwife and/or a physician assistant under a physician's supervision.

VNAA’s ongoing congressional advocacy efforts focus on issues of critical importance to home health and hospice care.
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