Legislative Update: February 16, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Quality and Educational Programming

Both chambers of Congress are in recess this week following the Presidents' Day holiday. 
When Congress returns, they will remain in session until late March. 
During this Congressional work period, ongoing debates are expected regarding how to address the Zika virus and the rising cost of prescription drugs. In addition, debates are heating up regarding whether the Obama Administration should fill the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
While these high-level debates occur, key Committees are expected to continue developing health care legislation that could impact the post-acute sector.
In the Senate, the Finance Committee is reviewing more than 300 stakeholder comments related to a recent proposal on chronic care. This proposal included an expansion of the Independence at Home program, provisions related to the use of telehealth and various proposals related to the Medicare Advantage program. VNAA submitted comments outlining priorities for this legislation. The Committee hopes to release a legislative proposal on chronic care in the coming weeks, but no firm deadlines have been set.
In the House, the Ways and Means Committee continues to signal interest in moving forward with legislation to establish a post-acute, value based purchasing program. Last year, Chairman Brady (R-TX) and Representative Kind (D-WI) introduced the "The Medicare Post-Acute Care Value Based Purchasing Act of 2015” (H.R. 3298). The Committee has suggested they will work with stakeholders to continue refining this proposal. However, timing remains unclear.
VNAA will continue to monitor these activities and provide updates as further developments occur.
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