The Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act, or HR 5110, offers an alternative to the 14-percent, four-year cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Jan. 1. The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act would repeal the cuts, which CMS has projected will force approximately 40-percent of all home health providers to suffer net losses. In their place, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act utilizes hospital readmission reform to achieve savings by improving care for Medicare beneficiaries and reducing avoidable spending.
In Georgia, data predicts nearly a fourth of the state’s home health agencies will be operating in the red by 2017 due to the Medicare cuts, putting home health at risk for 19,300 seniors and jobs at risk for 4,700 home health professionals.
“We applaud Congressman Price for taking this very important step to securing seniors’ access to the high-quality, cost-reducing home healthcare they prefer,” said Judy Adams, executive director of the Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. “By repealing the Medicare cut beginning Jan. 1, 2015, this legislation will protect access to the quality, skilled home health care on which more than 85,000 seniors across Georgia depend.”
The legislation will incentivize home healthcare agencies to deliver high-quality care to beneficiaries and reduce hospital readmission rates, which represents a positive and proven approach to achieving savings without disrupting patient care. In this manner, the bill would enable Georgia seniors to remain in their homes, rather than return to institutional settings, and would achieve significant savings for the Medicare program.
The GAHHA is the voice of Georgia’s home care providers and represents Medicare certified and licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to Georgia residents.