We’re traveling to Washington DC to speak with our elected representatives about homecare issues. Hundreds of homecare advocates from across the country will be flying in to attend a national legislative conference that focuses on ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries have access to quality home medical equipment (HME) and services.
However; we need your help! While not everyone can fly to Washington to speak out, you can make a difference from home. I urge you to contact your senators and Member of Congress and ask for a repeal of the Competitive Bidding Program and support of the Market Pricing Program. Read the latest Homecare Advocate post for talking points and a link that lets you send an e-mail to your elected officials in two easy steps.
Last week, the government announced a new demonstration project that evaluates the benefits of home-based care. 10,000 Medicare patients can participate in this 3-year program if they have certain qualifying conditions and receive care by an enrolled practicing provider. Learn about this program, spearheaded by CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
Ms. Tavenner has a medical background where she has seen first-hand the benefits of homecare. She says, “This program gives new life to the old practices of house calls, but with 21st Century technology and a team approach… In my days as a practicing nurse, I saw many patients whose health improved when they were happier with their living conditions. When a critically-ill patient can remain in familiar surroundings, the benefits are many: the person retains greater control over their daily lives, families and caregiver report greater satisfaction with the care, and unnecessary hospitalizations are avoided.”
An attitude of gratitude makes this world a better place. No matter the challenges we face, there are always things to be thankful for. We’ve listed 45 things that people affected by homecare can be thankful for this Thanksgiving and welcome you to add your own.
Read this powerful joint letter from leading disability groups requesting that the Super Committee not cut homecare benefits to Medicare & Medicaid beneficiaries.
The government is rolling out a controversial program that restricts the autonomy of Medicare recipients to receive quality care from their chosen HME company. This program is fraught with serious and consequential problems that will wreak havoc on elderly and disabled Americans and small businesses like Lambert’s throughout our great country. The controversy over this program is growing, and on Friday, CMS announced that all 4 of Tennessee’s major cities and surrounding towns will be on the chopping block in early 2013. This will affect all of Lambert’s patients living in Knoxville, Lenoir City, Maryville/Alcoa, Oak Ridge, Powell, Clinton, Loudon, Townsend, Corryton, and 17 other cities close by. Click the link below to learn more about this program and how it will impact you.
On Thursday, I drove out to middle Tennessee to meet with Senator Alexander’s Health Legislative Aide, Nick. We have taken trips each year to Washington DC to meet with Nick and other offices of our elected officials from Tennessee to talk about homecare and home medical equipment (HME), but this was Nick’s first experience coming to tour a HME company and get first-hand experience on the daily operations.
As a homecare beneficiary, you play an important role in these facility tours, as you are the WHY we do what we do. Meet two patients who got involved and helped make a difference.
Serious changes are in the works to make our country fiscally solvent. As the government looks to Medicare & Medicaid for cuts, how does that affect you?
Home Medical Equipment (HME) is medical equipment used in the home to assist people who are sick, injured, or disabled. Learn about the types of HME, where to get HME, & the dangerous effects of the Medicare program that jeopardizes patient access and quality care.