Let me second Lauren’s post that August Recess isn’t all fun and games. For me, Congress’s month-long break from Washington, DC, is actually the beginning of a busy few weeks in the office.
August is the quiet lull in the year when another successful Advocacy Intensive is behind us, MedPAC has not met for months, and the Final Rule for Hospice has been posted. I actually get to catch up on work! Not only did I clean out 1000+ emails from my inbox last week, but I also get to update the Regulatory Timeline and begin editing the Medicare Hospice Benefit Overview and the Hospice Policy Compendium. This year, the two-tiered payment rate for Routine Home Care and the Service Intensity Add-On (SIA) are key additions to these documents. But I also rely on the Research Department at NHPCO to compile the data for Facts and Figures; some aspects of this data are included in the MHB Overview and the Compendium. And I’ll also have to wait for MedPAC to reconvene to learn about their current projections for hospice margins.
And once I make my updates, the team reviews the documents, makes edits, I pass all of these notes to graphic design, etc. Nothing is a one-step process to get policy documents out the door, and that’s okay! We want to make sure they are the most accurate and most useful documents possible to reflect the needs and concerns of the hospice community.
So look for updated materials from HAN in the coming weeks and months! That’s when I’ll be able to take my own recess.