Today, a coalition of bipartisan members of congress sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner calling for a suspension of audits related to "physician narratives" for elderly, disabled and medically frail home health patients. As the letter explains, CMS has already proposed to change the policy in the proposed Home Health Prospective Payment System, but claims continue to be denied and reviewed over this same issue. The letter was crafted by the Home Care Association of New York State, The Home Care Association of New Jersey, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and VNAA with congressional support from lead by Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). Many VNAA members asked their representatives to sign on to the letter. This effort led to members of congress signing on to the letter.
VNAA will address the change to CMS's face-to-face policy and other items included in the FY15 Proposed Home Health Payment Rule in a comment letter to be filed in the coming weeks.