NAHC March on Washington for Home Care Recap
HEALTHCAREfirst Speaks with Congressional Leaders About Home Care.
Each year, HEALTHCAREfirst is proud to attend NAHC’s March on Washington and this year was my first time to attend. What a great opportunity to join together with the HEALTHCAREfirst team, our customers and other Home Health agency owners, administrators and clinicians to highlight the importance of the home care industry as well as help Senators and Representative put a face and name to the issues they are being asked to vote upon.
We were able to speak with many congressional leaders about what home health is and why it matters. The Senators, Representatives and staffers listened, asked questions and took notes. We explained the cost advantages of providing home health and hospice services to patients in their own home and how home care allows the aging to live independently by providing vital services, as well as support to the family, while improving a patient’s quality of life. We also discussed topics such as:
- No co-pays for home health
- Establishing reasonable and fair standards for rebasing Medicare home health services payment rates
- Promoting full market basket updates for Medicare home health services
- Expressing support for the home Health Care Access Protection Act (S. 659)
While meeting with one of the Senators from Texas, the topic of RAC and ZPIC audits was discussed. Agency owners described the disruption the audits have caused to their businesses and that the audits were taking time away from caring for their patients. He listened to their stories and then asked for their opinions on how the process could be changed or improved.
We also had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Ralph Hall from the 4th District of Texas. Congressman Hall was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress. It was an honor to talk with him about the issues the home care industry is currently facing. He even took the time to take a photo with our group!
This was such an eye opening experience for many of us! Our voices really do matter. So, if you didn’t have an opportunity to personally visit your Congressman in Washington, DC, I encourage you to write, email or call them and be heard.
This was such a wonderful experience and I wanted to personally thank everyone who helped me along this journey….we can’t wait until next year!
Denise St. Pierre is the Operational Program Manager at HEALTHCAREfirst. She is responsible for maintaining and updating the software to ensure that it continually meets all regulations and mandates.