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Home Health Payment Innovation Act to Preserve Access to Home Health Services
SARASOTA, Fla. – Sept. 25, 2019 – Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc.’s chief development officer, James De Vriendt, met with several lawmakers in Washington, D.C. regarding the Home Health Payment Innovation Act (H.R. 2573). Introduced by Representative Terri Sewell (AL-07) in May 2019, the bill would significantly impact the home health industry by preserving Medicare recipients’ access to home care services and provide a foundation for expanding the use of these services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which proposes payment cuts to home health care services. Scheduled for Jan. 1, 2020, the proposed cuts could likely limit access to home health services and would result in an estimated loss of $950 million for home health providers.
The Home Health Payment Innovation Act would prevent CMS from making unwarranted payment cuts by basing adjustments on actual evidence. Further, the bill would provide a phase-in process for necessary rate increases or decreases to limit the risk of disruption in care.
“It was a privilege to be a part of this conversation amongst key lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and it’s encouraging to have their support,” said James De Vriendt, chief development officer, Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. “Skilled home health care is the most patient-focused, affordable, and outcome-driven healthcare system in the United States. Therefore, it’s imperative that we fight to preserve access to quality home health care services both in Florida and throughout the country.”
Following Doctor’s Choice’s visit to Capitol Hill, the bill received nine Florida cosponsors. The bipartisan group of lawmakers is committed to protecting the accessibility to home health services for the state’s senior and disabled population.
For more information about Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc., visit www.doctorschoicefl.com or call 833-AT-DOCTORS (283-6286).
James De Vriendt with Congressman Brian Mast, Congressman Daniel Webster and Congresswoman Terri Sewell:
About Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc.
Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. is the largest independent home care agency in the state. Led by an experienced group of clinical leaders and trusted professionals, Doctor’s Choice provides expertise in hospital-to-home transitions, recovery, and the management of chronic illnesses. This approach enables individuals to reach their highest level of health in the comfort of their own home. By embracing a strong set of core values and being steadfast in their dedication to excellence in healthcare, Doctor’s Choice has achieved the highest star rating for patient care from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS): Five Star rating for Quality of Patient Care. For more information, please visit www.doctorschoicefl.com or call 833-AT-DOCTORS (283-6286).