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ANA strongly supports the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act 2013 (H.R. 2504/ S. 1332). This bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) would address the quirk in Medicare law that has kept APRNs from signing home health plans of care and from certifying Medicare patients for the home health benefit.
About The Issue
The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H.R.2504/ S. 1332) would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to have more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program. A quirk in Medicare law has kept APRNs from signing home health plans of care and from certifying Medicare patients for the home health benefit. This bill would address these problems by specifically allowing nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to certify home health services.