Today, we gather to initiate a unified advocacy movement for home health agencies across the country. Many of you may already be aware, through me or your respective state associations or the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, that the suggested alterations to home health rates were devastating.

Should this rule be confirmed during the initial week of November and enforced January 2024, it could lead to a crisis for numerous home health agencies due to a more than 5 percent cut in the base rates. Many of you are aware that the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) stands as one of our strongest supporters, consistently championing the advantages of both the home care program and hospice, and persistently advocating for us.

The unveiling of the proposed rule was quickly followed by a lawsuit filed in conjunction with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Besides that, they have remained relentless in their efforts in Washington to instigate changes that will prevent these rate cuts from transpiring in January. To go to the NAHC Advocacy Call-to-Action page, click here.

With the support of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, there are also guidelines on how to guarantee not just your personal involvement, but also the participation of everyone in your organization in advocacy. It’s an excellent resource filled with numerous tips, instructions, and ideas on how you can engage all members of your organization.

NAHC takes immense pride in leading this movement. As the chair of the Home Health & Hospice Financial Managers Association within the National Association Home Health and Hospice, I am delighted to contribute to NAHC’s fight against CMS. On the evening of September 19th, we will assemble for a briefing on the current regulatory and legislative activities, as well as to deliberate on matters that need to be addressed with the members of Congress.

Today, September 20, we will be in Washington, D.C., conversing with Congress members. We aim to discuss the details embedded in the Senate and House bills that, if enacted, would urge CMS to refrain from altering our payments until a resolution on the computation of the behavioral adjustment is reached.

What we need from you is to enter the information displayed on the right side of your screen in this petition. Once you click ‘send email’, it will automatically draft an email based on your city, state, and zip code detailed in the link. This email will be sent to all congressional representatives associated with your zip code.

You often hear how crucial it is to get involved, and as a champion for home health and its benefits, today truly signifies a critical moment for your voice to be heard. While they’re aware that national and state associations are advocating on your behalf, it’s vital that they hear from you, the front-line home health agencies. This way, they can fully comprehend the potential hardship some patients might face if home health agencies are unable to provide adequate care for their patients.

Thank you all for your active involvement in advocacy. We urge you to take a few minutes to visit the links mentioned above. Please enter your information and dispatch that email. By doing so, you’re not just allowing those physically present in Washington D.C. to make a difference, but you’re also making a significant impact from the comfort of your home.

If there is anything HPS can ever do for you, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.

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