As families around the country gather to celebrate the holidays this year, giving gifts and spending quality time with loved ones, it’s important to reflect on the importance of home and the comfort and security it provides.
For many American seniors, nothing is more important than being able to remain at home while recovering from illness or injury. And thanks to home healthcare, more than 3.5 million seniors now have that option. Home is comfortable. Home is where the family is. And home is where seniors want to be – especially around the holidays!
At the Partnership, we work hard every day to ensure that seniors have the choice to receive care in their preferred setting. We understand that recovery is stressful enough as it is and shouldn’t be made worse by having to receive care in an unfamiliar environment.
So this holiday season, take some time to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses, and home health aides who work around the clock to make sure seniors can enjoy their golden years in the comfortable, secure, and peaceful atmosphere home provides. And remember, that for some, being able to enjoy the holidays at home, surrounded by friends and family, is the greatest gift of all.
Have a safe, happy and healthy holidays from your friends at the Partnership!
As Congress wraps up for the year, the Partnership is again calling on Congress to enact the Pre-Claim Undermines Seniors’ Health (PUSH) Act of 2016, which would delay the implementation of the home health pre-claim review demonstration until Medicare and home health agencies are prepared to manage the process without disrupting care delivery.
Since the program was first rolled out in Illinois this summer, providers across the state have run into numerous delays and technical problems – including improper care denials and issues using the Medicare Administrative Coordinators (MAC) electronic submission system. This led to longer wait times and unnecessary delays in patient services.
The PUSH Act, orginially introduced by Reps. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), would delay pre-claim review for one year to allow Congress, CMS, and home health stakeholders to figure out how to strengthen the program through proper education and training. You can find out more about the bill here.
Fortunately, pre-claim review has already been temporarily suspended in several other states where it was slated to roll out. The PUSH Act would delay the pre-claim review for the rest of the country, and stop the program underway in Illinois.
The bill also calls on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to analyze the impact of the program and present a series of alternative measures for combating home health claims fraud – the original purpose of pre-claim review.
There is still time for you to help protect vulnerable seniors who depend on home health seniors – contact your member of Congress today and asking him or her to support this bill! Click below to get started: