Archived 2012-2013 News

Below you will find important historical news and information produced by HAN and NHCPO beginning in 2012.

Update on Part D Advocacy Efforts (7/1/14).

(5/2/13) NHPCO CEO Don Schumacher comments on CMS proposed 2014 rule for updated rates. Beyond the policy considerations, the numbers just do not add up…

HAN sends letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), commenting on plans for entitlement reform. Click here to read the letter.

NHPCO comments on re-nomination of Marilyn Taverner to lead Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to read the letter.

Senate Hospice Champions send letter to Secretary of HHS on hospice payment reform. Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and Senator Pat Roberts (KS) wrote a letter to Secretary Sebelius at the Department of Health and Human Services, reiterating their request for informed payment reform for hospice, and stressing the need for better data on how hospice is reimbursed for the services it provides. Click here to read a copy of the letter.

Update: Congress Acts on Fiscal Cliff. (1/1/13) Late on New Year’s Day, the US House of Representatives voted on the Senate version of the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. While HAN is closely monitoring the ongoing situation, please click here for our first take on how the deal affects hospice. Please let us know if you have any questions, and Happy New Year!

NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network release post-election analysis. This in-depth analysis of the 2012 elections contains a drill-down on what we can expect for the end of the year 2012, and then 2013 in terms of process, issues and politics.  Possible Congressional gridlock, coupled with critical federal budget challenges, will likely mean that there is less opportunity for policy makers to get into the details on impact of their decisions and we could see additional across-the-board cuts to the provider community. This means that the end of life care community will have to stay vigilant in our advocacy efforts and hospice programs will need to plan ahead for these challenges. Click here to read.

NHPCO’s Public Policy Team releases document outlining the potential impact of the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and Sequestration (9/2012). You may have recently heard members of the press or Members of Congress talk about the looming ‘Fiscal Cliff’ approaching on January 1, 2012. This mix of expiring tax cuts and cuts to government programs could have profound impact for the hospice community. NHPCO’s Public Policy team has prepared a briefing paper on what comprises the fiscal cliff, and what it may mean for hospice. Click here to read.

NHPCO Responds to Senate Finance Committee request for Program Integrity White Papers: Click here to read NHPCO’s submission.

NHPCO Sends Letter to HHS on Essential Health Benefits Package. On January 10th, Don Schumacher sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, providing NHPCO’s views on the inclusion of hospice coverage in the Essential Health Benefits package called for under the PPACA. Don’s letter was in response to recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report as well as an HHS bulletin issued in December 2011. It is anticipated that the issue will also be subject to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the coming months. View the letter here.

NHPCO weighs in with Congressional ‘Super Committee’. On August 30th, Don Schumacher sent a letter on behalf of the hospice community to the bipartisan group of legislators tasked with further reducing the federal budget by $1.5 trillion. Since Medicare providers are once again on the chopping block, Don’s message was simple and clear – – hands off of hospice! The letter also addressed growth in the hospice community in the past decade. Click here to read the letter.