Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AHCA Board Chair Testifies in Front of Congressional Committee

Drew Thies
Len Russ, Chairman of the Board for American Health Care Association, testified in front of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing last Thursday.

The hearing, entitled "Medicare Post-Acute Care Delivery and Options to Improve it," focused primarily on advancing new payment options in the post-acute space, with a specific emphasis on bundling proposals.

In his oral testimony, Mr. Russ focused on AHCA's payment reform model and the association’s collaboration with CMS on quality initiatives.

One of the bundling proposals currently in Congress, the “Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act,” was discussed at length during the hearing. Due to a line of questioning, Mr. Russ was able to articulate issues AHCA has raised with the legislation, particularly that it does not place the post-acute sector in the drivers-seat of the system.

In addition to Mr. Russ, other panelists included, Dr. Steven Landers, President Visiting Nurses Health Association; Dr. Samuel Hammerman, Chief Medical Officer, LTACH Hospital Division, Select Medical Corporation; Melisa Morley, Ph.D., RTI International.

Representatives in attendance were Reps. Pitts, Green, Guthrie, McKinley, Long, Bilirakis, Griffith, Lance, Burgess, Murphy, Brooks, Buschon, Ellmers, Engel, Capps, Pallone, Butterfield, Castor, Sarbanes, Matsui, Schrader, and Kennedy.

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