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President's Message

Posted: August 9, 2022

Now is the time to speak up for our profession! As you likely already know, CMS has proposed a 4.2% decrease in our reimbursement for 2023. We need you to speak up and speak out to protect our profession and the home health industry!

Most importantly, you can comment on the 2023 proposed rule for home health. That sounds complicated, Phil. How do I do that? It’s easy! All you have to do is go to https://www.apta.org/advocacy/take-action/regulatory, scroll down to the section for “2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule,” download our template letter, fill in the blanks, and follow the instructions to submit electronically. The link to submit is next to the link for the template. See? Easy! Please do this before the comment period closes on Tuesday, August 16, at 5:00 PM EDT.

That’s not all you can do! The Preserving Access to Home Health Act has been introduced in both the Senate (S. 4605 by Senators Susan Collins [R-ME] and Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]) and in the House (H. R. 8581 by Representatives Terri Sewell [D-AL] and Vern Buchanan [R-FL]). Please ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the bill in their respective house of Congress. Congress is currently in recess, so your Congressional representatives will be out and about in their home districts until after Labor Day. If your Senator is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (that list is here: https://www.help.senate.gov/about/members), it is even more important that you reach out to him or her and let them know that S 4605 is key to the sustainability of the home health industry.

Thank you in advance for advocating for yourself, your profession, and your industry. And thank you for everything that you do every single day for your clients and our profession.

Sincerely,

 

 

Phil Goldsmith
President
APTA Home Health

 

Early Bird Registration for September's ACHH Virtual Seminar EXTENDED through August 10th

Act now to complete APTA Home Health's Advanced Competency in Home Health (ACHH) certification program! 

The live event is a critical element of the ACHH Certification program, which requires active participation and demonstration of skills being discussed. The live event also offers a huge opportunity for networking with colleagues. 

September 2022 Seminar (Pacific Time Zone): 

  • Session One: Saturday, September 10th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Two: Sunday, September 11th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Three: Saturday, September 17th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
  • Session Four: Sunday, September 18th - 8:00am – 12:00pm PT
For more information & to register, CLICK HERE

 

 

Latest 'Quarterly Report' Available Electronically Now 

The latest print issue -- Summer 2022 - Vol. 57 No. 3 -- of the APTA Home Health Quarterly Report is on its way to Academy members, however members can read it now on the Academy's Quarterly Report Library page (you must be signed in as a member to view this page). Not a member? Join us!

 

New Legislation to Prevent Home Health Medicare Cuts – Action Needed!

The Preserving Access to Home Health Act was introduced both in the Senate and the House last week. The Senate bill (S.4605), led by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Susan Collins, would freeze the current payment rate in place, with the exception of annual market basket updates, through 2025. The House bill, which was introduced by Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), is identical to the one introduced in the Senate. 

Please urge our Senators and Representatives to sign onto the Act. Calls and personal messages are best, but for those short on time a message has been pre-drafted and is ready to go in the NAHC Virtual Advocacy Center.

MEDICARE PAYMENT CUTS THREATEN THE HOME HEALTHCARE SYSTEM – VALUED BY AMERICA’S SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

HELP US FIGHT FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES

 

 

PMHC HCBS Funding Alert

From Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced an agreement on a reconciliation package that includes tax and energy provisions in addition to drug pricing reforms and additional ACA subsidies.  As currently written, The legislation – the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – does not include funding for Medicaid HCBS. This is a narrowly crafted compromise approach and other things were also dropped.

Senate Democrats who have championed permanent Medicaid HCBS funding indicated to PMHC as recently as this week that the parameters of a reconciliation bill would be determined by Leader Schumer and Sen. Manchin.  It is unlikely that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will be modified to include HCBS funding.  However, PMHC weighed in with Leader Schumer’s policy director in support of including Medicaid HCBS investments in the reconciliation bill.  We encourage PMHC members to use the VoterVoice grassroots campaign to urge Members of Congress to support these critical investments. 

The legislative text and summaries of the Inflation Reduction Act are available here.  The bill is expected to be considered by the Senate next week. 

 
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