Key Florida Lawmakers Urge CMS to Pause RCD During Public Health Emergency
Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted by: Kyle Simon
Three key members of Florida's congressional delegation have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to pause the Medicare Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program until the Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been resolved.
U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor), Kathy Castor (D-Tampa), and Darren Soto (D-Orlando) cosigned the letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, dated July 30, 2020. The lawmakers serve on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare policy issues.
In the letter, the lawmakers echo the home health industry's concerns about the untimely resumption of the RCD, including the "increased time securing vital personal protective equipment necessary to care for [home health] patients, increased time in performing advanced infection prevention techniques, and limited ordering physician availability to provide necessary signatures." They also address decreased worker availability during the PHE, staff contracting the virus, and additional workers needed to offset the demands of the pandemic.
Click here to read the letter.
Since CMS announced on July 7 that the program will resume with the review choice selection period opening as of August 3, more than 7,700 emails have been sent to CMS and the 29 members of Florida's congressional delegation. HCAF is continuing to advocate for a delay of the RCD program and will meet with CMS leadership later this week to continue to stress that a delay is critically necessary in order for patient care to remain the top priority at this time.
HCAF encourages industry professionals to continue contacting CMS and Congress on this issue as we work to secure a delay. Click here to visit the RCD campaign headquarters on our website, and click here to take action now!