Home Care Alliance staff and member agencies attended the Visiting Nurse Associations of America’s (VNAA) Public Policy Leadership Conference in the nation’s capital this past week and met with most of the state’s Congressional delegation.
Before and during the trip, the Alliance was able to secure support from eight of the nine US Reps on a letter to CMS voicing concern on case mix cuts and the impending Value-Based Purchasing demonstration. The ninth congressperson may still sign on, but it was still a productive trip where home health agencies from across the country were lobbying on the Physician Face-to-Face Requirement, allowing NP’s and PA’s to sign and certify home health plans of care, expanding palliative care career opportunities and showing the impact of proposed payment cuts.
Much of the activity was documented on the HCA’s Twitter page along with photos of congressional visits. The Alliance will be following up on our meetings and advocacy in DC and will continue to represent our members regarding the CMS proposed rule, Face-to-Face, and other federal issues. The HCA thanks member agencies that attended as well as our supportive Congressional Delegation, particularly Congressman Jim McGovern who co-led the letter to CMS.
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