Feb. 19, 2020
On February 10, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced the Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act or HOSPICE Act (H.R. 5821). The HOSPICE Act was developed in response to the July 2019 Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that identified several concerns in the hospice program related to the survey process and quality of care. The HOSPICE Act is looking at the same issues as S. 2807, the Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019 though the bills are not identical. VNAA/ElevatingHOME as well as LeadingAge worked in coalition with other hospice stakeholders to formulate joint recommendations for the Congressional staff that worked on the legislation, many of which impacted the final version of this bill.
You can find more information on this bill on LeadingAge's website -- a joint press release, an article describing the bill's major provisions, and our joint letter to Congress. We will continue to work with both the House and the Senate as they work to reconcile the differences in their bills. Please reach out to Mollie Gurian, Director of Hospice, Palliative, and Home Health Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.