Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Price Cosponsors Medicare Home Health Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after joining Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) in introducing the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act. This legislation would replace Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare home health funding with a value-based purchasing (VBP) program that would achieve the same level of savings in the Medicare program while protecting beneficiaries’ access to home health care. The home health value-based purchasing program would be similar to the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program that was signed into law earlier this year as part of a larger effort to avoid cuts to physician Medicare payments.
“The Obama Administration’s own Department of Health and Human Services has predicted that Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare home health funding will leave forty percent of home health agencies insolvent. That’s a direct threat to the quality and accessibility of health care for Medicare beneficiaries,” said Rep. Price. “More importantly, it is completely unnecessary. We can achieve the same level of savings by making home health care under Medicare more efficient with a focus on promoting and rewarding higher quality care. It’s a patient-centered approach that puts the well-being of beneficiaries and care givers first and foremost.
“What we propose is not only a smarter way to save taxpayer dollars. It is also an idea that Congress has already endorsed when applied to other areas of post-acute care. There’s no reason we cannot or should not do what’s necessary to protect home health care as a viable and accessible form of treatment for Medicare beneficiaries.”