Support Rural Hospitals and Cosign Letter to HHS Requesting a Permanent Moratorium on the Direct Supervision Rule
Reps. Jenkins and Loebsack request your Member’s support for a permanent moratorium on the burdensome direct supervision rule on rural hospitals. There are rural hospitals that maybe negatively affected by this enforcement direction in almost every congressional
district. The moratorium applies to a nonsensical regulation promulgated in 2010 and requires physicians to directly supervise mid-level professionals (PAs, CNPs) when administering outpatient therapeutic rehab procedures. Every year since 2014, Reps. Jenkins
and Loebsack have introduced and helped to pass a moratorium to allow rural hospitals to continue administering those simple procedures. The rule’s enforcement would effectively eliminate the ability to provide those services in rural areas because most of
the rural hospitals are not able to afford a doctor on staff full-time to comply with the rule. A few weeks ago, HHS released the CY2018 OPPS proposed rule. The 2018 rule proposed a 2 year moratorium on enforcement of the direct supervision requirement for
rural hospitals, which has been a top priority for Reps. Jenkins and Loebsack for several years. Please take a look at the letter below, which we will send to HHS and CMS asking them to make the enforcement moratorium permanent, which is something within their
power to do.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) asks your bosses to join him in requesting that Leadership make the elimination or delay of the harmful Medicaid DSH cuts (scheduled to take effect October 1, 2017) a top priority for Congress in September.
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution. This resolution will provide Members of Congress and the American people an annual update on the long-term financial health of the country. The Budget Committee has included
our resolution in their plan for budget process reform plan.
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 761, The Pension and Budget Integrity Act. This legislation will eliminate a Washington-created budget gimmick and protect employees and employers.
We ask that you join us in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve coordination of care for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries. H.R. 3447, The Furthering Access to Coordinated Treatment for Seniors (FACTS) Act of 2017 takes serious strides to address
the crisis of medication nonadherence, estimated to be responsible for $300 billion in annual health care costs and 125,000 annual preventable deaths.
We are writing to request your support for bipartisan legislation to provide regulatory relief for America’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small, rural hospitals and to protect access to outpatient therapeutic services for patients living in rural
communities. Last year, H.R. 5613 was included in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
We invite you to honor Larry Doby’s many achievements and contributions to American major league athletics, civil rights, and the armed forces by cosponsoring H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act to award him the Congressional Gold Medal.
This legislation gained the support of over 290 Members of the House of Representative in the 114th Congress.
We ask for your support for H.R. 1828, the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2017. This important legislation will correct a barrier in the Medicare system, which grants more access to more Americans and saves the Medicare system money.
Physician assistants (PAs) provide high-quality, cost-effective medical care in virtually all healthcare settings, and they are one of three types of healthcare professionals that provide primary medical care. Unfortunately, outdated policies prevent PAs
from being able to provide hospice care to their Medicare patients. In response, we have recently introduced H.R. 1284 the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, which would remove this harmful barrier to care. The text is identical to H.R.
1202 from the 114th Congress.
I am writing to request that you join me in supporting safety net hospitals by helping protecting access to care for low-income and rural patients across the nation.