Nominated HHS Secretary Opposes Pre-Claim and Payment Bundles
Earlier this week Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was nominated by President-Elect Trump to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Earlier this year Price openly opposed a mandatory pre-claim review demonstration project implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and introduced a bill to hit pause on the program.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) worked with Price on the bill and after the announcement praised his expertise. Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) also recognized his work opposing the pre-claim review demonstration.
Under the PCR program, agencies must submit documentation to auditors for authorization before filing for Medicare payments. Agencies have said that it imposes huge burdens, has been poorly run, and threatens to cut off cash flow to unsustainable levels.
A recent piece in Home Health Care News discussed Prices opposition of bundled payment programs as well as the Affordable Care Act. The article also discusses opposition of the appointment based on his positions on issues including women’s rights and those of the LGBTQ Community.
CHAP will continue to monitor the story and provide updates as they are made available.