The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health held a hearing last week titled, "Examining Potential Ways to Improve the Medicare Program." The Subcommittee Members reviewed three Medicare bills, including a draft bill that would address the face-to-face Medicare documentation requirements facing home health providers.
Sarah Myers, CAE, Executive Director, Oregon Association of Health Care, testified in support of the draft legislation and the impact that the face-to-face documentation requirements have had on home health agencies and their patients. Several Members indicated their support for addressing the issue, including Reps. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM). A number of Members asked questions about the impact on rural communities in particular. VNAA was pleased that Sarah was able to share her experience and expertise to Committee Members.
VNAA submitted a statement for the record in support of the draft legislation. VNAA has been working in concert with other stakeholders to finalize the House bill language and expects the draft bill to include additional changes before introduction. VNAA will continue to provide updates as this issue progresses.