Congressman Michael Waltz Becomes Florida's 18th Cosponsor of Legislation to Remedy PDGM Cuts
Monday, December 16, 2019
Posted by: Kyle Simon
On December, 2019, Northeast Florida Congressman Michael Waltz (R-St. Augustine Beach) became the state's eighteenth member of Congress to cosponsor the Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2019 (S.433/H.R.2573), the home health care industry's top legislative priority in Congress.
HCAF is grateful to Congressman Waltz for demonstrating leadership on behalf of the home health care industry and Medicare beneficiaries who depend on cost-effective, high-quality health care in the patient-preferred setting: at home.
Currently, Florida leads the nation with the most support from its congressional delegation. Congressman Waltz joins Senator Marco Rubio (R) and 17 Florida House members — nine Democrats and eight Republicans — who have already cosponsored H.R.2573:
- Senator Marco Rubio (R)
- Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key)
- Representative Kathy Castor (D-Tampa)
- Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg)
- Representative Val Demings (D-Orlando)
- Representative Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton)
- Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar)
- Representative Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)
- Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Pinecrest)
- Representative Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)
- Representative Francis Rooney (R-Naples)
- Representative John Rutherford (R-Jacksonville)
- Representative Donna Shalala (D-Coral Gables)
- Representative Darren Soto (D-Orlando)
- Representative Ross Spano (R-Dover)
- Representative Greg Steube (R-Lakewood Ranch)
- Representative Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden)
As finalized in its 2020 Final Rule published last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reduce Medicare home health reimbursements next year by 4.36% under the forthcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) payment system overhaul, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, CMS was given the authority to make such reductions based on the assumption that providers will up-code and also add additional visits to Low Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) cases to obtain the full episodic payment. If passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, S.433/H.R.2573 would prohibit CMS from making any reductions without objective, evidence-based data.
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So far, the Home Health Payment Innovation Act has gained strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. As of November 14, the Senate bill has 31 out of 100 cosponsors (16 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 1 Independent), while the House bill has 144 out of 435 cosponsors (84 Democrats and 60 Republicans). But, we can do better!
If you have not yet contacted your lawmakers, please do so now and continue to take action until S.433/H.R.2573 become law! Click here to contact Senator Rick Scott and Representative to urge their support using HCAF's Legislative Action Center. For more ways to advocate for your profession and your patients, visit HCAF's PDGM Action Plan and make your voice heard!