Legislative Update: March 12, 2019
On March 11th, the Trump Administration released a high-level summary of its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The President’s budget proposes to increase military spending, while reducing overall funding for non-defense, discretionary programs by 5 percent.

Legislative Update: February 26, 2019
In the post-acute arena, two legislative proposals were recently introduced that impact access to and reimbursement for Medicare home health services. The first proposal is the “Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2019 (S.433),” which was introduced by Senators Collins (R-ME) and Stabenow (D-MI) on February 11, along with five other Senators.

A Brighter Future Together with LeadingAge 
Today, VNAA and ElevatingHOME take an important step towards increasing our impact and influence across the full continuum of services and supports for people as they age. We have entered into an agreement with the intent to affiliate with LeadingAge. Our organizations have shared visions, similar missions, and a deep commitment to service. Together, we are committed to high quality, person-centered care for individuals in any setting they call home.

New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care
Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition don’t have access to palliative care. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments. To improve access to this care, new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition urge clinicians and health care organizations to integrate it into the services they provide for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, or age.

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