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D.C. Summit Recap: 5 New FL Cosponsors for PDGM Fix Bill

Monday, September 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kyle Simon

More than 20 Florida home health industry professionals were in Washington, D.C. last week for the Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations' Public Policy Summit & Advocacy Day. The two-day event featured a full day of presentations from Medicare and Medicaid officials, as well as a day of meetings with Florida members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

The results from meetings with lawmakers and their staff so far have been significantly positive — since last Tuesday, six members of the 29-member congressional delegation have cosponsored key industry legislation, the Home Health Payment Innovation Act (S.433/H.R.2537).

If passed into law, the legislation would remedy these forthcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) by removing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) ability to reduce Medicare payments based on behavioral assumptions without objective evidence that providers will alter billing behavior when the new payment model goes into effect next year. CMS plans to implement the PDGM with an 8.01% cut to payments for next year, which amounts to $1.298 billion nationwide next year alone, and approximately $162,000 for every Florida home health agency on average. S.433/H.R.2573 would remove CMS’ authority to make such cuts without any data or evidence.

The following are Florida cosponsors to date:

  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key)
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar)
  • Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden)
  • Rep. Val Demings (D-Orlando)
  • Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg)
  • Rep. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)
  • Rep. John Rutherford (R-Jacksonville)
  • Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Coral Gables)
  • Rep. Greg Steube (R-Lakewood Ranch)

HCAF extends its sincere gratitude to this bipartisan group of lawmakers for standing up for home health care and protecting access to the benefit for Florida's senior and disabled population.

Let's keep the momentum up! Click here to visit HCAF's Legislative Action Center and encourage your lawmakers to cosponsor S.433/H.R.2573.

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