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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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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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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Coalition Letter to CMS: On Auditing of Medicare hospice benefit claims

NHPCO, in partnership with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), LeadingAge, and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), wrote a letter to the Centers for Program Integrity (CPI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) raising concerns over “fundamental,…

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Response to Request for Information on the Healthcare Workforce Crisis

NHPCO submitted a letter in response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the healthcare workforce crisis. Submitted comments focused on COVID-19’s impact on the hospice and palliative care workforce, research demonstrating the dire need for more hospice and palliative care workers, worker burnout, and…

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Policy Alert: Coalition Letter to Congress: Don’t Cut the Hospice Aggregate Cap

To: NHPCO Provider and State Members From: NHPCO Policy Team Date: November 22, 2022 NHPCO, in collaboration with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and LeadingAge, sent a letter today to congressional leadership, cautioning against using a cut to hospice funding in order to pay for other provisions in any upcoming end-of-year…

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