Bill Broadens Access to Home Health Care
2015-07-16 | June 23, 2015
(Washington, DC) Noting the need for a broader range of care providers for home health providers, particularly for Medicare patients, the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) today praised the Home Health Care Planning & Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578).
Introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), the bill would expand the type of home heath service providers reimbursed by Medicare to include (1) nurse practitioners, (2) clinical nurse specialists working in collaboration with a physician in accordance with state law, (3) a certified nurse-midwife, or (4) a physician assistant under a physician’s supervision.
In a letter of support, NPAF noted that the bill would not only improve access to important home health services, but would also prevent additional, costly hospital and nursing home admissions.
“The Home Health Planning & Improvement Act will ensure that our most vulnerable citizens would be able to directly access home health care, experiencing better health and a higher quality of life,” said George Dahlman, NPAF Executive Vice President.