ACTION ALERT: Ask Congress to Help the Home Health Care Community Rise to the Challenge
Monday, June 1, 2020
Industry Advocates Calling for 15% Reimbursement Increase,
Among Other Priorities to Protect Home Health
Home health agencies stand ready to help meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus. Providers are already providing care to COVID-19 patients and are prepared to take on additional cases. By leveraging home health to its fullest extent, hospital beds can be freed up for the most severe cases, precious personal protective equipment (PPE) can be more efficiently utilized, costs of care will decrease, patients’ peace of mind will increase, and further spread of the infection can be minimized.
We thank the Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their support to date, including suspension of Medicare sequestration, financial relief from the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund, and the allowance for non-physician practitioners to certify home health eligibility. While all helpful, additional support and relief is vital to stabilizing the industry and optimizing home health agencies' ability to be part of the pandemic solution.
We respectfully ask that Congress take the following actions:
- Increase Medicare home health reimbursement by 15 percent.
- Establish in-home care providers as a priority in PPE distribution.
- Establish waivers to allow telehealth visits to be reimbursed within the home health benefit.
- Waive or suspend the Medicare requirement that orders and eligibility certification be signed and dated by a provider during the public health emergency — verbal orders and certifications should be sufficient.
Please take action and reach out to Congress today with just a few clicks of your mouse, and encourage your colleagues to take action, too!