Comments to Ways and Means Committee re: Hearing on Enhancing Access to Care at Home in Rural and Underserved Communities

NHPCO submitted comments highlighting hospice and palliative care providers’ expertise and dedication to providing care at home in rural and underserved communities. As innovators in providing individualized care to patients and families at home, NHPCO encouraged the Committee to look to hospice and palliative care when considering how other providers can best deliver care and…

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The Choice to Keep Running: Advocating with Grief (1 of 2)

“Emilie’s illness felt like a race in many ways,” Trey Gibson recalls, “At one point during that race, someone asked me about how things were going, and I replied that I don’t like to lose.” After Emilie’s death, the Gibsons were determined to continue Emilie’s legacy. “My wife Candi and I just decided that we needed to keep running. We needed to contribute. We didn’t want our daughter to die in vain.”

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Coalition Letter and NHPCO Letter in response to CMS RFI on Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model

In December 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a request for information (RFI) on the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model. The RFI sought comment on various aspects of the VBID model, particularly hospice care and health equity, including hospice access, network adequacy requirements for Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs)…

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Coalition Letter Opposing use of Medicare Hospice Benefit funding to pay for non-hospice policies without addressing hospice issues

NHPCO, The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), and LeadingAge partnered on a letter to Congress in opposition to using extension of the 2014 IMPACT Act to allocate resulting funds exclusively for non-hospice purposes.

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Letter to Congress on protecting rural and frontier American’s access to hospice and palliative care

NHPCO submitted a sign-on letter representing the needs, concerns, and experiences of over 80 organizations across the nation providing hospice and palliative care to rural and frontier communities. Highlighted issues included closure of partner providers and facilities, staffing shortages, staff safety, telehealth and broadband access, lower effective payment rates, and access to Medicare certified facilities.

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Update: Response to House Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)’s announcement

On Monday, October 30, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2024. “Congressman Earl Blumenauer is among our strongest allies and friends in Congress. Throughout his career as a consummate public servant, he has time and time again dedicated himself to supporting those with serious illness and those receiving…

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Comments on House Budget Committee RFI on Reducing Federal Health Care Spending

NHPCO provided comments in response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the House Budget Committee titled “Solutions to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Federal Health Care Spending in the Budget.” Comments discussed the audit and survey burdens on hospices; the need for interoperability of Electronic Medical Records in hospices; regulatory issues; the need for continued…

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