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Senior Housing News
December 29, 2011
Home health care is being made available for up to 10,000 Medicare patients through a health care reform law demonstration that seeks to improve care and lower costs for seniors and people with disabilities, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more >>
Huffington Post
December 12, 2011
When the Veterans Affairs Department implemented a program to provide home-based health care to veterans with multiple chronic conditions -- many of the system's most expensive patients to treat -- they received astounding results. The amount of hospital stays for the veterans participating in the program went down by 62 percent and the number of nursing home days went down by 88 percent. In total, the cost of providing healthcare to these chronically ill patients shrunk by nearly 25 percent. Read more >>
Roll Call
November 17, 2011
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction has been tasked with a budgetary conundrum of Brobdingnagian proportions "” reaching consensus on at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts by year's end, or subjecting millions of Americans to automatic across-the-board cuts to essential health and social service programs. Read more >>
Roll Call
November 8, 2011
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction has the daunting task of finding $1.2 trillion or more in spending cuts or tax increases in just 45 days. I don't envy the task. With partisan gridlock an ever-present threat, Members are searching for win-win scenarios, with no easy cuts readily apparent. Read more >>
The Hill
November 2, 2011
In a recent editorial, Jim Frogue correctly points out that Medicare waste, fraud and abuse would, "be the logical place to start piling up the savings." According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis, fraudulent Medicare claims robbed the American taxpayer of $48 billion in 2010. Apply that study over a 10 year period and Medicare fraud would account for half a trillion dollars of wasteful government spending. Read more >>
Roll Call
October 31, 2011
As the deficit reduction debate in Washington, D.C., kicks into full gear, policymakers are on the cusp of making unprecedented fiscal decisions that, regardless of one's viewpoint, stand to affect millions of Americans. Read more >>
National Journal
October 31, 2011
As the Super Committee works away at a plan to cut over $1 trillion from the federal budget, a new poll shows that 83 percent of voters oppose cuts to Medicare and higher beneficiary copayments. The survey also found that about 70 percent of voters think that the government should do more to cut waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid spending. Read more >>
The Hill
October 18, 2011
Since the formation of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was announced this summer, there has been no shortage of provider and industry groups vocalizing where Congress shouldn't cut. As the "supercommittee"¯ looks for ways to eliminate at least $1.2 trillion from federal spending, we're witnessing unprecedented efforts by Washington special interests to cry "not me!"¯ and announce the dire consequences of funding reductions. Read more >>
September 26, 2011
Amidst Congress' ongoing task to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit, Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) joined home healthcare providers, clinicians and family members today to discuss the value of home care services in the state, as well as current challenges — including the possibility of significant cuts to Medicare payments for skilled home healthcare and co-payments for seniors. Read more >>
September 19, 2011
Members of the home healthcare community are applauding U.S. Representative David McKinley (R-1st, WV) for publicly expressing his concern that changes to the home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) could seriously impact home healthcare in West Virginia, having "ruinous consequences for patients dependent on skilled home health services and the providers who serve them."¯ Read more >>
September 13, 2011
In response to changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the home health prospective payment system, the home health community today issued warnings that large adjustments to home health payments will have a significant and alarming impact on the financial viability of America's home health providers. Read more >>
July 27, 2011
In a July 21 letter addressed to President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Members of Congress, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) and members of the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) — a group of national organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our nation's diverse aging communities — expressed strong opposition to implementing a co- payment requirement for Medicare homecare health services. Read more >>
July 26, 2011
Representatives of the House Blue Dog Coalition recently issued a letter to President Obama urging preservation of home healthcare as discussions to reduce federal spending and strengthen the Medicare program continue. Specifically, the moderate Democrats encouraged the President to oppose a co-payment for services for the 3.2 million Medicare beneficiaries receiving home healthcare and expressed support for the home healthcare community's reform proposal to strengthen the Medicare benefit. Read more >>
July 25, 2011
In a letter issued to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ā­OH), 11 members of Florida's Congressional delegation expressed support for a reform plan developed by the home healthcare community that will improve the Medicare home healthcare benefit and generate significant healthcare savings by strengthening program integrity. Read more >>
July 20, 2011
While policymakers in Washington debate cuts to the nation's Medicare program as a way to reduce the federal budget deficit, a group of national home healthcare providers is applauding Governor John Kasich's (R-OH) innovative program to keep seniors in their homes when possible, thereby reducing institutional healthcare for aging Ohioans and harnessing rising Medicaid costs. Read more >>
July 14, 2011
U.S. Representative James McGovern (MA-03) issued a letter last week thanking President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for their efforts to ensure than any Medicare provisions included in the budget deal strengthen the program and protect beneficiaries, and expressing concern about proposed copayments for home healthcare services, which would seriously impact vulnerable seniors, and actually increase costs to Medicare. Read more >>
July 12, 2011
Members of the home healthcare community are calling on Congress to avoid instituting co-payments as part of deficit reduction measures, especially in light of a new analysis available today that shows co-payments for home healthcare services could increase Medicare spending for inpatient hospital and post-acute care (PAC) treatment by up to $16.7 billion over ten years. Read more >>
July 7, 2011
America's home health care community is calling attention to a newly released analysis by Avalere Health, LLC that underscores the significant impact cost sharing for Medicare home health services could have on low-income and clinically-disadvantaged seniors. While some have recommended instituting a co-payment for home health services as a way to generate Medicare savings, the home health community warns that such a policy would unfairly place a financial burden on American seniors. Read more >>

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