As Memorial Day approaches, the brave service men and women who fought so loyally for our country are in our minds and hearts. We show utmost appreciation for their sacrifices that have kept our country safe and free.
Every day, home health agencies across the country strive to improve care and quality of life for our beloved veterans, and this Memorial Day, we hope to continue providing all those affected veterans with their rightful access to quality care in their preferred setting.
Millions of American seniors – including those who served our country – rely on Medicare home health to remain in their home as they age. To protect these noble veterans’ access to effective and efficient home healthcare, the Partnership is asking lawmakers to help prevent prior authorization requirements for home health, a process which would delay access to physician-prescribed home healthcare and increase costs for beneficiaries, the Medicare program and taxpayers.
Prior authorization has the potential to deter the timely delivery of care by requiring physician-ordered services to be reviewed and approved prior to care initiation, increase costs to Medicare by delaying hospital discharges, and limit the ability to reduce fraud and abuse.
To protect the well-being of veterans, and other seniors who depend upon access to care, we must raise awareness about the harms prior authorization can cause to the home health patients. We encourage everyone to support us in our journey to guarantee the health and happiness of American veterans by contacting their lawmakers to urge support: