NAHC Thanks Rep. Earl Blumenauer for Years of Strong Advocacy

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On October 30, 2023, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) announced that he will be retiring from Congress after his current term is up at the end of 2024. Representative Blumenauer has been, and remains, one of the most passionate and steadfast champions for improving end-of-life and serious illness care, and the opportunity for care in the […]

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Hill Message to CMS on Hospice Special Focus Program Aligns with NAHC

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On Wednesday, October 4th, four members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to CMS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expressing their concerns with CMS’ proposed design for the hospice special focus program (SFP), details of which were laid out in the CY2024 Home Health proposed payment rule. The lawmakers’ letter echoes the concerns […]

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CMS Announces New Hospice Integrity Measures in 4 States

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Yesterday, NAHC and three other national hospice organizations met with leadership and staff from CMS’ Center for Program Integrity (CPI) and Center for Clinical Standards & Quality (CCSQ) to discuss the agency’s recent efforts on hospice program integrity (PI). Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is a longtime hospice champion and supporter, and one of the […]

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Key House Members Urge Agency Action on Hospice Program Integrity

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Representatives Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), key members of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, recently crafted a bipartisan letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that the agency more swiftly implement targeted actions to address program integrity challenges within the Medicare hospice program. The letter is […]

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New Legislation Would Extend the Hospital at Home Program

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The bipartisan Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act is new legislation introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives that would extend the acute care hospital at home waiver program. Initially introduced in November of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the program provides an alternative setting of care for certain conditions, such […]

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Members of Congress Ask CMS to Test New Models of Care

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The authors of the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act (H.R. 2797/S. 1334) have written a letter to Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking her to test some of the new models of care for patients with advanced illnesses that are outlined in their legislation. As you […]

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