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VNA Care and Atrius Health Senior Leaders Meet with Congressman Jim McGovern

 

VNA Care was honored to host Congressman Jim McGovern at their Worcester offices. Holly Chaffee, President and CEO of VNA Care; Dr. Steve Strongwater, President and CEO of Atrius Health; members of the VNA Care board of directors; and representatives from the Home Care Alliance met to discuss issues of importance to the home health and hospice and palliative care industry.

Another topic of discussion was the importance of reducing regulatory burdens placed on physicians which is a major component of physician burnout. Dr. Strongwater noted that certain paperwork requirements for home health physicians, most notably the so-called “Face-to-Face” paperwork, is redundant and presents challenges for both Atrius Health and VNA Care.

Ms. Chaffee stated that legislation pending in Congress that would allow advanced practice nurses to take on more responsibility for signing paperwork for home health care patients is a priority for VNA Care. She also asserted that audits conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid pose an administrative challenge and advocated that audits should focus more attention on those facilities where there have been documented problems.

In addition, the nursing staff/patient ratio question (Question #1) that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot during the November 6th election was discussed at length. Several of those in attendance voiced their concern that passage of the question would make it more difficult for home health and hospice agencies, physician groups, and others to fill nursing vacancies and that it could potentially increase health care costs in the state.

During the hour-long meeting, Congressman McGovern shared his insights on Washington, DC and offered a number of valuable suggestions to help advocate for reducing regulatory burdens. He urged all of the attendees to make sure they vote in the November elections.

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