Bill Would Expand Access to Home Healthcare Services

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare is urging Congress to advance the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S.578). Under the bill, nurse practitioners could certify home health services for Medicare beneficiaries without getting physician approval. Nurse practitioners are already certified to perform such evaluations for hospice services. Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership said, “Allowing nurse practitioners to certify patients for Medicare’s home health services would remove barriers to care that restrict access to patient-preferred healthcare for homebound beneficiaries. The Partnership commends Senator Susan Collins and her colleagues in the U.S. Senate for sponsoring this legislation, which would improve access to skilled home healthcare for Medicare’s most vulnerable patient population, particularly those patients living in underserved and rural parts of the country.

Last Updated 11/13/2019

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