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Congress Holds Hearing on Chronic Pain (News Article) - Dec 12th, 2005
On Thursday, December 8th, 2005 the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Improving America's Health: Examining Federal Research Efforts for Pulmonary Hypertension and Chronic Pain”. The purpose of this hearing was to examine the adequacy of federal research on...
Senate Tax Relief Act Includes Major Charity Package (News Article) - Dec 5th, 2005
On November 18th, the Senate passed S. 2022, the Tax Relief Act of 2005, a major tax package that includes important new charitable tax incentives and reforms of the charitable sector. The new incentives are designed to encourage charitable giving, including a “Universal Charitable Deduction” that...
VNAA Joins Senator Bob Dole and CMS in Medicare Part D Kick-Off Event (News Article) - Nov 21st, 2005
VNAA President and CEO Carolyn Markey and Kathy Thompson, VNAA Vice President for Legislative Affairs, joined former US Senator Dole and CMS Deputy Administrator Leslie Norwalk at a forum held by the Florida Council on Aging to kick-off the enrollment period for the new Medicare prescription drug...
What VNAs Need to Know about the Part D Enrollment Process (News Article) - Nov 21st, 2005
From November 15, through May 15, 2006, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to enroll in the new Part D enrollment period. Given the magnitude of this new program, VNAs can expect that clinicians will be confronted with many questions from their patients about the new Medicare prescription drug...
MedPAC Meeting Highlights Positive Outcomes, Problems in Home Health Payment Adequacy (News Article) - Nov 21st, 2005
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for a two day public meeting on November 14th, 2005. One of the main focuses of the meeting was provider payment adequacy, including a brief report on assessing payment adequacy for home health. The report highlighted several recent...
House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill; Next Step House-Senate Conference (News Article) - Nov 21st, 2005
On Friday November 18th in the early hours of the morning, the House of Representatives narrowly passed budget reconciliation legislation by a margin of just one vote, 217-215. Democrats universally opposed the bill and were joined in their opposition by 14 Republicans. Moderate Republicans did...
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