VNAA joined fifty-one healthcare organizations last week in signing on to a letter to Congress urging the passage of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H. R. 2504/S.1332) by the end of the year. The bill authorizes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants as eligible health care professionals who can certify patient eligibility for home health care services under Medicare. A quirk in Medicare law has kept APRNs from signing home health plans of care and from certifying Medicare patients for the home health benefit.
The letter stated, "The undersigned organizations are committed to ensuring that consumers have access to health care providers who are qualified, educated, and certified to provide high quality primary care, chronic care management, and other services that keep them living a high quality life, with dignity, in locations of their choice." To read the full text of the letter, click here.