TAHC&H would like to thank agencies for their advocacy in this area. Your letters and action have highlighted the importance of our services to Medicare beneficiaries to CMS and our elected officials.
On Monday, June 28th TAHC&H received a call from WOAI channel 4 in San Antonio asking for information on the rules related to PECOS and the effects it was having on Medicare patients and the industry. TAHC&H shared information about the rules and member agency Patience Home Health and one of their patients was interviewed for the story. We were told after the story broke that CMS released their Wednesday June 30th press release in response to WOAI's inquiries as they were the only news organization to have contacted the CMS press office. Click here to view the story.
TAHC&H set up laptops at the Administrator Conference earlier this week so that attendees could send an e-mail message to the Texas U.S. Senators and their Congressperson. We have also had our lobby team in Washington, D.C. as "feet on the ground" advocates to explain the issue created by the provisions in the law setting the July 1, 2010 deadline effecting home health and DME. U. S. Representatives Charlie Gonzalez and Eddie Bernice Johnson have been particularly engaged in the matter for TAHC&H. Rep. Johnson has started a "Dear Colleague letter" for them to sign on to a letter to CMS asking them to move the start date to January 3, 2011. – less–ZoomInfo