The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015, a measure aiming to permit nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives to sign off on home health care plans and authorize Medicare patients for home health benefits has been gaining momentum in the U.S. Houses of Congress.
The Senate Bill is S578 and the House Bill is HR 1342. The bills are identical and support has been growing in recent weeks due to a new wave of bipartisan support.
Many people rely on NPs and PAs as their primary care providers making this crucial legislation to reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients with a more rapid response for home health care needs.
The National Association for Home Care (NAHC) recently said “the bill could reduce Medicare spending through a shift in physician billings to nurse practitioner billings, which are reimbursed at 85% of the physician payment rates for certification and care plan oversight.“
Please contact your legislators and ask them to co-sign and support S578 or HR 1342. Take action by finding your Representative and Senators. Many have Twitter accounts. Search for them on Twitter. Call, Tweet, or email them TODAY!
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