I have never been a big fan of associations and organizations. I am not a joiner in general. Specifically, I have been very frank about my feelings towards the National Association of Home Care and Hospice. I believe that in the past they took on causes that benefited some agencies at the expense of others. In many ways, it is almost impossible to be an organization representative of all agencies of all sizes in all parts of the country.
As of June 5, that changed. William A. Dombi, attorney for the plaintiff – your association – has filed suit against the US Department of Health and Human Services. NACH is challenging the requirements regarding documentation of the Face-to-Face encounter. They allege that Medicare is enforcing the Face to Face encounter requirements in ways that were never intended and are not legal. They note that these retroactive denials are made outside of the consideration of the care needed by the patient or the quality of the care rendered to the patient.
This is good stuff, y’all.
Because I was so outspoken and passionately against the position NAHC took in the past regarding other issues, I owe it to the Association (and to myself) to be as outspoken and passionate in my support of this lawsuit.
If NAHC asks anything of its members, please cooperate to the best of your ability. If nothing else, send the board at NAHC responsible for approving the filing of the claim a note of gratitude. This is one position that NAHC has taken that benefits all agencies, patients, and the Medicare trusts.
I can respect that.