New York Congressmen Tom Reed and Paul Tonko, as well as New Jersey Congressmen Christopher Smith and Robert Andrews, are circulating a Congressional letter that seeks to streamline the burdensome Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) requirement. We need your help in cultivating further Congressional support. Please act now!
The Congressional letter is addressed to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Referring to the F2F mandate, the letter describes the “complicated, confusing and overlapping documentation requirements that exceed the intent of the law passed by Congress,” and it urges CMS to allow the F2F requirement to be met through the completion and collection of the separately signed 485 form. Such a change would significantly ease the burden of the F2F mandate.
Almost 40 state home care associations are already listed in support of the letter, but in order to have the strongest impact with CMS, we need resounding support from as many Members of Congress as as cosigners to this letter.
We need the full support and sign on from the MA House delegation. August 9 is the deadline for doing so.
Office emails and message here: http://www.congressweb.com/nahcadvocacy/legislators?stateId=MA