VNAA Voices Concerns Over CMS Prior Authorization Proposal - Spearheads Industry and Congressional Awareness Efforts
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

Last week, VNAA joined more than 250 industry stakeholders in voicing its concerns and opposition to a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require home health agencies to receive prior authorization before caring for patients. If enacted, the proposal would potentially delay access to services and place burdensome requirements on providers, while also increasing costs to the Medicare program and taxpayers.
To amplify this message, VNAA spearheaded the creation of a separate stakeholder letter with its partners at the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. The groups worked together to highlight the impact such a proposal would have across the health care continuum. The end result was a letter that attracted broad support, including state home care and hospital associations and patient rights groups. 
VNAA is currently working with its partners and Congressional champions to educate other members of Congress on the impact CMS' recent proposal would have on their constituents and the industry. 
Read VNAA's comment letter to CMS.  
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