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VNAA - Visiting Nurse Associations of America

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Emily Swanson
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
202.384.1442
[email protected]

Healthcare Reform Passage is a Mixed-Bag for
Nonprofit Home Health and Hospice

WASHINGTON, DC - March 24, 2010 - The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) supports many of the provisions in the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" passed by Congress, especially as they relate to bolstering community-based care, insuring low-income and vulnerable individuals and cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse. However, deep reservations remain about the level of cuts Medicare home health and hospice providers will experience and the impact on the communities and patients they serve.

"Nonprofit home health and hospice providers embody many of the goals of healthcare reform in their missions to provide high-quality care to low-income and underserved individuals and families in their communities," stated Andy Carter, President and CEO of the VNAA. "Although serious concerns remain about the level of cuts, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" incorporates VNAA's recommendations to limit the impact of the cuts on vulnerable patients served by nonprofit home health and hospice providers."

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" includes a study and demonstration, recommended by the VNAA, to address the special needs of high severity, low-income, or underserved patients served by safety net agencies. Equally important, the bill includes less severe cuts to the home health market basket than previously proposed, offers a measured approach to fair and accurate rebasing that will allow agencies to minimize disruption for patient care and access, and a VNAA proposal to eliminate fraud and abuse for outlier payments.

"While the healthcare package is not perfect, particularly as it relates to nonprofit providers and the patients they serve, we support it and look forward to opportunities to work with Congress and the Administration to build upon the foundation laid by this historic legislation," stated Carter.

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About VNAA: VNAA is a national association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based nonprofit home health and hospice providers that provide comprehensive services for Medicare, Medicaid, uninsured, and privately insured patients. VNAA members share a mission to provide cost-effective and compassionate care to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Visit www.VNAA.org today.


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