As you read in Friday’s ASAP newsletter, HCA recently sent a letter to New York’s Congressional Delegation expressing firm objections to a recently announced “prior-authorization” demo for Medicare home health services.
We are asking Congress to weigh in with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to rescind this disastrous rule, but we need your help to echo our concerns with your Congressional representatives.
Today, HCA has posted a message to our Legislative Action Center allowing you, your staff, your board, and others to write Congress in opposition to CMS’s proposal. This message stresses: access-to-care impacts of the rule; the unprecedented overreach of presumptive pre-payment audits at the outset of care; the steering of authority from provider-level care-transitions teams to third-party bureaucrats contracted for prior-authorization; and the fact that existing audit problems (like denials for obscure documentation rules) would be extended to the prepayment phases of initiating care.
Please send this message today. It takes about a minute of time and we need hundreds of providers to write Congress to ensure that our voices are heard. All you need to do is visit the campaign link at http://p2a.co/jwEDFGY, enter your contact information and click “Send Email.” Please urge your staff to do the same.