Deadline is TODAY for Congressional Signatures on Face-to-Face Letter

The deadline for a Congressional letter that seeks to streamline the burdensome Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) requirement is today. New York Congressmen Tom Reed and Paul Tonko, as well as New Jersey Congressmen Christopher Smith and Robert Andrews, are circulating the letter and we need your help in cultivating Massachusetts Congressional support.   Please act now!

Use these talking points and call your legislator’s office and ask to speak to the healthcare staffer TODAY. Phone numbers for each office are listed below and if you’re unsure which member of Congress represents you, please contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

Massachusetts federal delegation phone numbers:

Senator Elizabeth Warren:     (202) 224-4543
Senator Edward Markey:     (202) 224-2742
Congressman Jim McGovern:     (202) 225-6101
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas:     (202) 225-3411
Congressman Joe Kennedy:     (202) 225-5931
Congressman John Tierney:     (202) 225-8020
Congressman Stephen Lynch:     (202) 225-8273
Congressman Richard Neal:     (202) 225-5601
Congressman Michael Capuano:     (202) 225-5111
Congressman Bill Keating:     (202) 225-3111

The Congressional letter is addressed to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Referring to the F2F mandate, the letter describes the “complicated, confusing and overlapping documentation requirements that exceed the intent of the law passed by Congress,” and it urges CMS to allow the F2F requirement to be met through the completion and collection of the separately signed 485 form.  Such a change would significantly ease the burden of the F2F mandate.

Almost 40 state home care associations (including the Alliance) are already listed in support of the letter, but in order to have the strongest impact with CMS, we need resounding support from as many Members of Congress as cosigners to this letter.

Agency members with any questions can contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

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