Silverado Hospice and 300 Other Advocates Visit Capitol Hill
Heather Davis, RN, CHPN, and 300 other hospice advocates from across the nation urged Congress to protect access to compassionate and high-quality end-of-life care for all Americans this past July. Davis joined fellow advocates in Washington, D.C. as part of the Hospice Action Network's (HAN) Capitol Hill Day 2013.
Alex Goda, RN, CHPN, Patient Care Manager at Silverado Hospice, Heather Davis RN, CHPN, Case Manager at Silverado Hospice and Laura Semmler RN, Executive Director of Mission Hospice met with Scott Peters to discuss the value of hospice care to patients and their families at his home office in La Jolla, CA on August 30, 2013.
During the meeting, they encouraged Congress to support the bipartisan HELP Hospice Act (S. 722/H.R. 3506). The HELP Hospice Act calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to test the overhaul of the hospice payment system via a two-year pilot, have Congress institute a three-year survey frequency requirement, and allow new regulatory requirements to be aligned with the operational realities of hospices by utilizing physician extenders for compliance.
Over the past several years, the hospice community has faced rate cuts on multiple fronts --- regulatory cuts enacted in October 2009, cuts slated to begin in 2013 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and cuts outlined in the Budget Control Act agreed upon last year, expected to begin in 2013. This year, hospice advocates are working together to educate policy makers on how the hospice community and patient access will be impacted by the combined reductions.
"It's so important that the hospice community has a unified and organized presence on Capitol Hill. We hear time after time from our Congressional Champions how much they appreciate it, and how it enables them to truly know what our priorities are and how to help us," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO."
For more information about Silverado Hospice or Mission Hospice, visit silveradohospice.com and missionhospice.org. To learn more about NHPCO's Hospice Action Network and the hospice community's advocacy efforts nationwide, visit hospiceactionnetwork.org.
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